Guam and CNMI Dignitaries Join Blaz Family at Funeral Mass

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Washington D.C. – Guam Governor Eddie Calvo, Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo, CNMI Governor Inos and CNMI Congressman Kilili Sablan were among the dignitaries from the Marianas who joined members of the Blaz family at the funeral mass and burial of  Marine Corps Brigadier General and former Congressman Ben Blaz.

Congresswoman Bordallo is quoted in a release as saying that “General Blaz was a true patriot and proud son of Guam who dedicated his life to our nation and people. Today, we gathered to celebrate a life well-lived, and to commit to continuing to improve our island for future generations. I will always cherish his friendship, and will miss his guidance on issues important to Guam.”

General Blaz passed away on January 8 at the age of 85.  He is survived by his children, Thomas and Michael, their spouses, Shelane and Barbara, and five grandchildren.
 


READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Former Congressman Blaz Laid to Rest
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 25, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –

Former Congressman Vicente (Ben) Garrido Blaz was laid to rest today with full military honors. Congresswoman Bordallo joined the Blaz family in paying last respects at a Mass of Christian Burial said at the Old Post Chapel, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and interment at Arlington National Cemetery. A eulogy was given by former Congressman Duncan Hunter Sr., Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, who served in Congress with Congressman Blaz.

Also in attendance were Governor Eddie Calvo; Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (CNMI); Governor Eloy Inos (CNMI); Speaker Peter Deleon Guerrero (CNMI); Lieutenant General Richard Tryon, Commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command; Vice Admiral William French, Commander, Navy Installations Command; and Rear Admiral Peter Gumataotao, Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.

General Blaz passed away on January 8, 2014 at the age of 85. He is survived by his children, Thomas and Michael, their spouses, Shelane and Barbara, and five grandchildren.

“General Blaz was a true patriot and proud son of Guam who dedicated his life to our nation and people. Today, we gathered to celebrate a life well-lived, and to commit to continuing to improve our island for future generations. I will always cherish his friendship, and will miss his guidance on issues important to Guam.”