For many refugees and immigrants, the torch signifies a sense of hope for a better life. The torch Lady Liberty holds in her hand lights the path for new people coming into America to begin a new life.
The torch, moreover, is a universal symbol of education, guidance, knowledge, and illumination. The flaming torch reflects the light of knowledge and it is in the light of the torch that progress is made.
In presenting the Golden Torch Award, VANG honors the awardees for their great work - for serving as pioneers in their respective fields, for guiding and inspiring others through their achievements, and for continually contributing to the advancement and betterment of America.