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Vietnam Refugee Gets Prestigious Award In Spokane

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"Sam" Lien Le was given one of the most prestigious awards in the country Saturday in Spokane, and when you hear his story,  you'll know why.

The Daughters Of The Revolution give their Americanism Award every few years to a special person that meets the following qualifications:  they must possess outstanding qualities of leadership, service, patriotism, and dedication to there country. 

Le's story is one of triumph over tragedy.  Back in the late 80's he escaped Vietnam on a fishing boat, crossing the South China Sea during a typhoon.  He told his audience "it's a miracle that I'm here alive to tell you a story today."  His journey to the United States was anything but easy and he chronicled his journey in a book called "The Spirit Stills The Storm." Being an American is not something Le takes for granted.

"It's awesome, it's an awesome feeling. I've been telling everybody that now as an American, just an American, but a proud American to receive this award today, it's awesome."
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