WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The US Congress will award the Congressional Gold Medal on Tuesday to the guards who defended the Capitol in the Jan. 6, 2021 attack, nearly two years after the brutal attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump.
To recognize the hundreds of officers who defended the Capitol, the medals will be placed at four locations: Capitol Police Headquarters, Metropolitan Police Headquarters, Capitol Hill and the Smithsonian Institution. When he signed the executive order awarding the medal last year, President Joe Biden said a medal would be kept at the Smithsonian “so that all visitors would know what happened that day.”
The ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda will take place as Democrats, who lost their majority in the House, race to wrap up their investigation into the insurgency. Lawmakers have vowed to uncover details of the attack, which followed Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results and urged his supporters to “fight it” just ahead of the certification ceremony in Congress.
It will be one of the last formal acts of Democratic House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who must leave office. When the bill passed the House more than a year ago, Pelosi said the Guardsmen deserved recognition because they were “the kind of Americans who heard the call to serve and respond, putting the country above their own well-being.” kept.”
“They allowed us to go back to the Capitol that day” to certify Biden’s victory, he said, “to that podium that night, to show the world that our democracy has won and that The victory is because of them.”
On the day of the attack, a large number of guards received serious injuries. Trump supporters beat him with batons and even their own weapons, dragged him down the stairs, sprayed chemicals, pushed and trampled him. Many guards were unable to return to work for a long time due to physical injuries, such as concussions, or psychological trauma caused by the episode.