Congressman Vicente Gonzalez received the highest honor earlier this month from the country of Guatemala.
According to a release, President Jimmy Morales Cabrera of Guatemala awarded Gonzalez with The Order of the Quetzal. The Order of the Quetzal is an award that acknowledges foreign officials, organizations, and people who have given back to the nation of Guatemala whose artistic, civic, humanitarian, or scientific work merit special recognition.
“Our country’s relationship with Guatemala and Central America is more than strategic interest; it is based on mutual respect that both our nations have developed throughout the years. Continued cooperation is without a doubt the key to achieve the goals our countries have each set to accomplish,” said Congressman Gonzalez in a press release. “I am proud and humbled to receive this distinction and join the ranks of those that have received this honor before me. I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to the government of Guatemala for nominating me for this prestigious award, including my esteemed friends, Guatemalan Ambassador to the U.S. Manuel Espina and President Morales.”
A release added that Gonzalez has staunchly advocated for both countries to continue working on ways to create educational and employment opportunities, increase economic investment and prosperity, and cooperate on matters of national security.