By Diane Mastrull
The nine men share a prestigious status — each awarded the highest military decoration a U.S. service member can earn for valor.
Puerto Rico’s nine Medal of Honor recipients are now also recognized with a new monument on the campus of Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. After years of planning and fund-raising, a seven-foot red granite obelisk was dedicated Sunday afternoon to the men — eight of whom served in the Army, one in the Marines.
The monument is part of the 42-acre Medal of Honor Grove at Freedoms Foundation, said to be the oldest living memorial to the more than 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients. Since its original dedication in the 1960s, original fiberglass obelisks with the names of the states or territory from which medal recipients entered the military have been replaced with granite ones as funds became available.
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