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New Constitution Center Exhibit Highlights WWII Struggles Of Minority Americans

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A new exhibit at the National Constitution Center highlights the struggles of World War II veterans who came from varied backgrounds.

Domingo Los Baños is one of seven World War II veterans (and the last surviving) whose struggles against discrimination is documented in the exhibit "Fighting For Democracy," which opened today.

"I was born in Hawaii, I always considered myself American," Los Baños recalled today.  "When they put me in the jungles and I joined the Filipino outfit, I was angry because it was all Filipino.  'Hey, listen -- I'm not Filipino, I'm American!' "

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(Domingo Los Baños, center, 86, helps cut ribbon on opening day of "Fighting for Democracy" exhibit at National Constitution Center. Credit: Hadas Kuznits)


(Domingo Los Baños, during World War II. Photo from National Constitution Center)

"We thought the stories of these seven individuals really talk about rights and freedoms, and that's what the National Constitution Center is really about," says Margaret Cronen, with the NCC.

There is a walkthrough display as well as a theatrical presentation. "Fighting For Democracy," subtitled "Who is the 'We' in 'We the People'?, will be at the NCC until January 16th, 2012.

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio 1060

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