Aside from Guam, the rest of the Micronesian region also commemorated Memorial Day and emphasized the challenges and sacrifices of uniformed men and women during the pandemic.
The President of the Federated States of Micronesia — in a statement sent to media — says that they are mourning the loss of Micronesian and American men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to peace, unity, and liberty.
“We owe these heroes and their families, Micronesian and Americans, a debt of gratitude that we can never repay,” FSM President David W. Panuelo said in a statement.
The CNMI government, in a message across social media, honored its fallen heroes, saying that the CNMI and the country are stronger and safer because of its soldiers and veterans.
Meanwhile, the Joint Region Marianas chief of staff, on behalf of JRM, reminded the community to honor the service and sacrifice of our fallen heroes from Guam and the region.
Capt. Rick Kratzer, Joint Region Marianas Chief of Staff, said: “This Memorial Day, I implore you to think about the brave men and women, many of them from Guam and the Marianas, who laid down their lives for the defense of a great nation. Their sacrifices are still felt in the community and by our country today and their service will never be forgotten. We made sacrifices during this pandemic — following public health guidelines and getting vaccinated — small but impactful steps that continue to be dedicated to our fallen warriors. By taking on this fight, we help protect the legacy and everything we hold dear.”
He added that service and sacrifice are what the members of the Armed Forces are familiar with — and in the past year — there have been constants throughout the military community as it continues to fight the threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.