Fairfax, VA, May 14, 2003 - Simon S. Lee is one of three Korean-Americans to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor at the annual gala in the Great Hall on Ellis Island in New York Harbor on Saturday, May 17, 2003. He will join other 2003 honorees, including Danny Aiello, Michael Bolton, Mary Lou Retton, Martin Scorsese, Mike Wallace and former Speaker of the House Jim Wright.
Established in 1986 by The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), Ellis Island Medals of Honor pay tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise America’s unique cultural mosaic. Past recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor include six presidents of the United States, members of Congress, Nobel Prize winners, justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, prominent scientists, and military heroes such as generals Norman Schwartzkopf and Colin Powell.
Mr. Lee, President and CEO of STG, Inc., came to the U.S. from South Korea in 1979. Beginning his career as a bookkeeper for a local Virginia restaurant, Mr. Lee mastered engineering, leading him to senior technical positions throughout government and industry. By 1986, Mr. Lee founded STG to address the growing demand for high quality, Information Technology (IT) services. Today, STG is a $170 million provider of linguistic and intelligence support for Homeland Defense, battlefield communication systems mounted on HUMVEEs for the Army’s effort in Iraq, and scientific, and satellite services to NASA and NOAA. Headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, STG has 1,200 diverse employees operating in over 250 locations worldwide.
William Denis Fugazy, chairman of the Medal Award Committee, said about the awards: “The Ellis Island Medal of Honor Awards allow us an opportunity to honor the best in America—those who lend their talents, time and energy to making our country a better place for us all.”
NECO is the largest organization of its kind in the U.S., serving as an umbrella group for 451 ethnic organizations representing five million family members, whose mandate is to preserve ethnic diversity, promote ethnic and religious equality, tolerance and harmony, and combat injustice, hatred and bigotry.
About the Ellis Island Medal of Honor
Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients are selected each year through a national nomination process. Screening committees from NECO’s member organizations select the final nominees, who are then considered by the Board of Directors.
In 2002, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor was officially recognized when both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives unanimously passed special resolutions authored by Senator Hillary Rodman Clinton (D N.Y.) and Representative Dan Burton (R Indiana).
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