WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- “It’s a great day to be an American and a Mountaineer," Kip Price, from Piedmont, West Virginia said.
It’s the phone call he has been waiting for.
“Therefore be it resolved that the Senate on behalf of the United States," West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) began to say.
Manchin told Price via phone call that the Senate passed his resolution recognizing eleven African American soldiers killed in Wereth, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.
“This was hot lined and went through as we call it with unanimous consent," Manchin added.
After the war, Congress never recognized the soldiers’ sacrifice, overlooking them in their records. Price has made it his mission to make sure these men’s stories weren’t lost in time.
“Something that they never did receive years ago and it’s never too late to make amends and correct history," Price told us last year.
We visited Price in November 2016 at former home of one of the Wereth 11 Mr. James Aubrey Stewart. Price explained how he visits schools, conferences, anywhere he can to tell the tale of these heroes.
“If it wasn’t for Kip standing up and that we all knew and that it wasn’t forgotten- it’s just something pretty special," Manchin added.
The resolution supported by West Virginia Congressman David McKinley passed in the House Thursday.
It doesn't require a signature from the President so the Wereth 11 are now officially recognized by congress.