Washington D.C. – Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo recently spoke at the opening event honoring Asian Pacific Heritage Month where a painting depicting the 1997 Korean Air crash on Guam was unveiled.
She was joined by the Acting Deputy Director of the Army National Guard, Brigadier General Walter E. Fountain. The Guam National Guard planned a key role in the rescue and recovery efforts following the crash.
Bordallo was Lieutenant Governor when the plane crashed. In a release, she said she remembers ” the heroism of the men and women in the Guam National Guard who answered the call to duty. The painting is a fitting tribute to the heroism of the day.”
The painting is titled: “Tragedy in Paradise: Recovery of Flight 801.” It will be displayed at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia.
READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo Below:
Bordallo Attends Unveiling of Guam Guard Heritage Painting at Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Ceremony
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 16, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –
Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo recently spoke at a National Guard Bureau event honoring Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month and joined Brigadier General Walter E. Fountain, Acting Deputy Director of the Army National Guard, in unveiling a painting titled, “Tragedy in Paradise: Recovery of Flight 801.”
The painting depicts the rescue and recovery efforts of the Guam National Guard following the crash of Korean Airlines flight 801. It will be displayed at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia.
“I appreciated the opportunity to join General Fountain in unveiling the Guam National Guard Heritage painting, which depicts the Guam National Guard’s heroic efforts following the crash of Korean Airlines flight 801,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “As Lieutenant Governor during that terrible tragedy, I remember the heroism of the men and women in the Guam National Guard who answered the call to duty. The painting is a fitting tribute to the heroism of the day and how the Guam National Guard is ‘Always There, Always Ready’. It is such a fitting tribute to unveil this new painting during Asian Pacific American Heritage month—a month in which we honor the many contributions and sacrifices Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders continue to make every day.”
Major General Benny Paulino, Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard said:
“The Guam National Guard’s involvement in the search and rescue operations following the crash of KAL Flight 801 was a significant mission for our organization. It is a rare mission for any Guard unit in the nation to respond to an airplane crash, so much so, that we deemed it was the appropriate event to memorialize as the Guam National Guard’s first Heritage Painting. Our Soldiers and Airmen performed admirably and beyond expectation throughout that entire mission.”
More photos of the event will be posted on the Congresswoman’s Government Official Facebook page, available here: https://www.facebook.com/madeleine.bordallo.