Colorado Springs, Colo. — Two World War II veterans were honored during a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony Wednesday afternoon in Colorado Springs.
They were both part of the Civil Air Patrol that was created six days before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
“It is patriotism in its purest form,” said Brigadier General Jerome Limoge. “Asking for nothing in return, getting very little but knowing just the satisfaction of taking care of their country.”
Karen Madsen shared stories of her dad, Colonel Madsen, who was honored with the Congressional Cold Medal.
“To be the child of this man who not only loved to fly, but who worked so hard to build to Colorado Civil Air Patrol is both an honor and a privilege,” said Madsen.
Commander Siergiej was the second person to receive the medal. He got a little emotional during his speech and said he is deeply humbled for the recognition.
“We were all first generation Americans, some of us, and we were taught a lot of things like discipline and honesty,” said Commander Siergiej.
The Commander said although it’s an honor, none of it would have been possible without the woman he’s called his wife for over 60 years now.
“When you’re an aviator and you kiss your wife in the morning she doesn’t know whether you’re coming back or not and she never complained, never, and yet I knew how she felt,” said Commander Siergiej.