Guam – Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo issued the following Memorial Day statement in recognition of the men and women who have given their lives in service to the country.
READ Congresswoman Bordallo’s statement below:
Statement on Memorial Day
Remembering Our Fallen Heroes, Recognizing Our Veterans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 28, 2012 – Hagåtña, GU –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today issued the following statement on Memorial Day.
“This Memorial Day, we pause to remember our nation’s fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price in defense of our freedom, including more than 4,500 Americans who died in Iraq, and more than 1,900 who died in Afghanistan. In particular, we remember the 34 sons and daughters of Guam who sacrificed for our country, our way of life and our island, and we continue to keep them in our thoughts,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “We also remember those who have served and those who are still serving our country around the world. President Obama has kept his commitment to ending the war in Iraq, and has pledged to continue to drawdown surge forces in Afghanistan. But as our servicemembers return home, it is important that we continue our commitment to them and their families by making sure they have the resources they need to compete for good jobs and re-enter the civilian workforce. The Post 9/11 G.I. bill helps veterans obtain a degree, and assists those with degrees in seeking post-graduate education. But we can do more. We must also make sure we provide them with access to quality health care that is commensurate with their service.
“On this and every day, we should continue to honor these brave men and women and their dedicated service to our country. The debt owed to them is immeasurable.”