Yes, indeed, “Go for broke” is right. Maybe it’s because I’m a child of the “greatest generation,” but I can’t think of a more important Congressional Gold Medal ceremony among the dozen or so that Roll Call has covered than this one Wednesday. These Japanese-American veterans of World War II fought for the United States, even as their civilian brothers and sisters were being forced to relocate to internment camps. These guys were volunteering to go into combat, and they didn’t know how their nation would treat them when they returned. If we don’t honor these guys now, it will be too late.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.