Congress grants honorary U.S. citizenship to Bernardo de Gálvez
12/19/2014

​Yesterday’s evening, December 16th, the President of the United States of America signed the joint resolution of the U.S. Congress conferring honorary citizenship of the United Sates to the Spanish citizen, Bernardo de Gálvez. Such resolution, whose English text is enclosed, states that honorary citizenship of this country “is and should always be an extraordinary honor not lightly conferred nor frequently granted”.

This title is one of the main recognitions that a foreign citizen can obtain.  Till this date only seven people have been honored with this honor. The first one was Winston Churchill, followed by Raoul Wallenberg (1981), William y Hannah Callowhill Penn (1984), Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu –Mother Therese of Calcuta- (1996), Marqués de Lafayette (2002) and Casimir Pulaski (2009).

Also according to this resolution “Bernardo de Galvez was a Revolutionary War hero who risked his life for the freedom of the people of the United States ….”

The Government of Spain celebrates this tribute to the common shared history of our two countries and is thankful for the generosity shown by the President of the United States, I the US  Congress and all the people of the United States of America.

The complete text of the U.S. Congress Resolution conferring honorary citizenship to Bernardo de Galvez is available at

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-113hjres105enr/pdf/BILLS-113hjres105enr.pdf


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