Jersey City, New Jersey

Apr 14, 2016

Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, pays tribute to the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers, a Puerto Rican regiment that bravely fought and served the United States with valor, determination and extraordinary loyalty during World War I, World War II, and the Korean War.


“It is an extraordinary honor for Goya to be a part of this special day and have the opportunity to present each of the veterans of the 65th Infantry Regiment with a special Medal of Honor for their incredible dedication and service to the United States,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. “We must always remember and acknowledge all U.S. soldiers who fought and continue to fight for the freedom and liberties that we have today.”


House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) presented a Congressional Gold Medal to representatives of the 65th Infantry Regiment during a bipartisan, bicameral ceremony held on April 13, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. ET in Emancipation Hall. To follow, 300 veterans received a replica of the Congressional Gold Medal and a certificate, presented by Goya Foods.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor the United States Congress can bestow. In accordance with Public Law No: 113-120, a single gold medal has been struck to honor the 65th Infantry Regiment, the Borinqueneers, for its valor, determination, and bravery displayed during the Korean War. For its extraordinary service to the nation in the Korean War, the Regiment earned nine Distinguished Service Crosses, approximately 250 Silver Stars, over 600 Bronze Stars, and more than 2,700 Purple Hearts. For a look at the history of the Congressional Gold Medal, click here


About GOYA: Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit