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Four Armenian-Americans are slated to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor during an official ceremony on May 12, Asbarez reported.

The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, which awards the medals, announced that John

Charles Ghailian, Dr. Vicken Sepilian, Larry Gagosian and Dr. John Bilezikian will receive medals of honor.

According to the NECO website, “the Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity. They recognize individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America. As always, NECO remains dedicated to the maintenance and restoration of America’s greatest symbol of its immigrant history, Ellis Island.”

Past Armenian-American Ellis Island Medal recipients include, Harry Nadjarian, Varant Frank Melkonian, Joan Agajanian Quinn, Dr. Garo Tertzakian, Mike Sarian, Vahe Karapetian, Elizabeth Aghbabian, and Christopher Atamian among dozens of others.

Eight Armenian-Americans received the medal last year.

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