The U.S. Mint's
Civil Air Patrol congressional gold medal was unveiled and presented
during a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Washington, D.C.
The medal, the designs of which were not made public until the
ceremony, is meant to honor the Civil Air
Patrol for its "extraordinary humanitarian, combat, and
national services" during World War II.
The obverse portrays two members of the Civil Air Patrol in the
foreground, one male and one female, looking skyward, with a pair of
armed CAP light aircraft flying over an oil tanker at sea in the
background. The dates 1941-1945 are engraved on the obverse.
On the reverse is the inscription HONOR CIVILIAN VOLUNTEERS WHO FLEW
ARMED & HUMANITARIAN MISSIONS, along with the CAP Coastal Patrol
roundel and the five primary CAP active service duty patches (Coastal
Patrol, Southern Liaison Patrol, Forest Patrol, Missing Aircraft
Search and Courier Service).
ACT OF CONGRESS 2014 is also included on the reverse.
Read all about the CAP and its history here.
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), U.S. Senate Majority
Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch
McConnell (R-Ky.), and House Minority Leader Nancy
Pelosi (D-Calif.), were all expected to take part in the 3 p.m.
ceremony in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol.
During a 7 p.m. dinner at the Washington area's Hyatt Regency
Crystal City hotel, a 3-inch bronze medal will be presented to each
CAP World War II veteran, or one family member if the CAP member is deceased.
The obverse and reverse designs were approved by Treasury Secretary
Bronze replicas of the CAP medal are being sold to the public in
3-inch and 1.5-inch sizes. Sales open at 12 p.m. ET on Dec. 11. The
larger medal is priced at $39.95, while the smaller medal is $6.95.
The Civil Air Patrol congressional gold medal is authorized under Public Law 113–108, signed by President Obama on
May 30, 2014.
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