As mentioned in the article below, our founder, Dr. John Thomas was recently selected to receive the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in New York City on May 12, 2012. David Morris, a dear friend of Operation HOPE has traveled to Iraq and Haiti with Operation HOPE and went along with Dr. Thomas to film the exciting weekend. Below is the official newsreel along with a set of beautiful photos all shot by David.
We are so proud of our founder for all of his wonderful achievements and we're honored to be a part of those endeavors.
Operation HOPE is pleased to announce that our founder Dr. John Thomas has been selected by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) to receive the 2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. This prestigious honor will be presented to Dr. Thomas Saturday, May 12, 2012 on Ellis Island in New York.
The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), founded in 1986 supports new education initiatives and cutting-edge medical research endeavors, partners with humanitarian organizations nationally and internationally, celebrates the diversity, achievements and progress of all ethnic backgrounds, and promotes tolerance and cultural awareness.
The Ellis Island Medals of Honor pay tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise America’s unique cultural mosaic. Held each May on Ellis Island, the event is full of pageantry, grandeur and emotion. All branches of the United States Armed Forces traditionally participate in this spectacular event. Dancers in their native costume add to the international flavor of the celebration. A gala dinner in the historic Great Hall on Ellis Island follows the moving ceremony. As a grand finale, a majestic fireworks display illuminates the sky and America’s symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty.
Dr. Thomas was nominated anonymously to receive this honor based on a number of contributions he has made in the world of medicine and foreign aid through his surgical practice and non-profit organization Operation HOPE. Past Medalists include six Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.
For more information about The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations and the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, visit their website at www.neco.org.