Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony in honor of Professor Muhammad Yunus

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Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal award to Professor Muhammad Yunus in recognition of his efforts to combat global poverty.  Through his creative ideas, hard work and brilliant implementation of the idea of microcredit throughout Bangladesh and globally, Prof Yunus has made brilliant contributions in the cause of helping millions of poor, especially women, take charge of their lives to overcome heartbreaking poverty. Congress voted to award the medal to Professor Yunus in 2010.  The Gold Medal represents Congress’s highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The ceremony held on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. ET in Rotunda of the United States Capitol.

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PROGRAM DETAILS:

Prelude
The United States Marine Band, Brass Quintet

Welcome
The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Presentation of the Colors
The Armed Forces Color Guard

National Anthem
The United States Marine Band, Brass Quintet

Retiring of the Colors
The Armed Forces Color Guard

Invocation
The Reverend Patrick Conroy, S.J., Chaplain of the United States House of Representatives

Remarks on the Resolution
The Honorable Rush Holt, United States Representative, 12th District of New Jersey
The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, United States Representative, 27th District of Florida
The Honorable Michael Enzi, United States Senator, Wyoming
The Honorable Richard J. Durbin, United States Senator, Illinois

Musical Selection
Ms. Monica Yunus, “Beautiful Dreamer”

Remarks
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Republican Leader of the United States Senate
The Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the United States Senate
The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal
Professor Muhammad Yunus
The Honorable Rush Holt, United States Representative, 12th District of New Jersey
The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, United States Representative, 27th District of Florida
The Honorable Michael Enzi, United States Senator, Wyoming
The Honorable Richard J. Durbin, United States Senator, Illinois
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the United States House of Representatives
The Honorable Mitch McConnell, Republican Leader of the United States Senate
The Honorable Harry Reid, Majority Leader of the United States Senate
The Honorable John Boehner, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Acceptance and Word of Thanks
Professor Muhammad Yunus

Benediction
Dr. Barry Black, Chaplain of the United States Senate

Postlude
The United States Marine Band, Brass Quintet

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