The opportunity to see a true American war hero and witness the official unveiling and dedication of a commissioned bronze bust, and library re-named in his honor, drew a crowd of admirers to the Garden Grove Tibor Rubin Library, Tuesday. The Garden Grove resident was awarded the nation’s most prestigious military decoration, the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2005, for his heroic actions during the Korean War. The library is located at 11962 Bailey Street.
“Tibor Rubin is a hero among heroes; an inspirational, dedicated, and valiant survivor of war; and a venerated son of Garden Grove. As a community, we are humbled to honor him with the renaming of a library that holds a very special place in his heart. His name, and his likeness cast in a bronze bust, are a lasting homage to the commitment, sacrifice, and love for Garden Grove and America that he placed at the highest level, and for which we will always be in his debt,” says Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen, who spoke at the event.
While attendees of the event ranged from young to old, civilian to military, all came to share the unique privilege of venerating Garden Grove’s hometown hero at the library, where as a young father, he would often take his children.
Last August, the United States Post Office unveiled a Forever Stamps Prestige Folio depicting the 13 living recipients of the Medal of Honor, including Rubin, at a special recognition ceremony held in Garden Grove.
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