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The Eugene A. Obregon/CMH Memorial is dedicated to erecting a monument to all Latino recipients of America's highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor. Symbolizing the sacrifices of these courageous men, the monument will depict Pfc Obregon, a Mexican-American from East L.A., saving the life of Bert Johnson, a Texas Anglo, demonstrating the brotherhood this monument honors. The monument will be a touchstone for young Latinos, some of whom are at-risk of falling into gangs, and will be connected to an education/scholarship fund.
More Latinos have received the Medal of Honor than any other ethnic group, in relation to the number who served.
The monument will be erected at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument adjacent to Union Station and Olvera Street, the historic and cultural heart of Los Angeles. The area is visited by millions of U.S. and foreign tourists each year. The monument will stand 20 feet high. Bronze figures of Obregon and Johnson will sit atop a pyramid made of the same volcanic stone once used by pre-columbian Aztec artists. The pyramid's base will bear a description of Obregon's heroism and the names of all 40 Hispanic CMH recipients, with the wars they fought in. A memorial wall behind will list the names and wars of all the CMH recipients since the medal's creation by Abraham Lincoln in 1862.
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