CNMI observes Armed Forces Day

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 GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios on Thursday proclaimed May 22, 2020 as CNMI Armed Forces Day.

On Thursday afternoon, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Lt. Gov. Arnold I. Palacios proclaimed May 22 as CNMI Armed Forces Day.              Office of the Governor photo

Present for the signing of the proclamation were Defense Coordinating Officer Harry Elliott, Lt. Col. Richard Barcinas, Army Emergency Liaison Preparedness Officer Maj. Lee P. McPhatter, Ph.D., Special Assistant for Military Affairs Glenna Reyes, as well as members of the Commonwealth Bureau of Military Affairs.

Torres and Palacios encouraged everyone in the Commonwealth to acknowledge and honor past and present service members of the armed forces for their service, sacrifices, and contributions to support the Commonwealth and its fellow Americans.

The proclamation acknowledges men and women of the Marianas who “have boldly answered the call to serve with great pride and distinction in our nation’s armed forces.”

“These Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen have endured many sacrifices to defend the freedoms that make our islands and nation what it is today,” it added.

Families of service members are also recognized in the proclamation.

“Behind these brave service members are their families; spouses, children, and parents who, too, have had their share of sacrifices; from long deployments to relocation, adjusting to new neighborhoods and schools, having to make new friends, and sometimes putting their careers on hold,” the proclamation reads.

In addition, it pays tribute to the numerous service members and veterans in the Commonwealth by noting the World War II battles fought in the Marianas, and the struggles that the people of the Marianas overcame.

“Fighting for our freedoms came at a great cost with the ultimate sacrifice. Everyone in the Marianas now enjoy such freedoms that owe a lasting debt of gratitude to our armed forces,” it emphasized.

President Donald J. Trump proclaimed May 15, 2020 as Armed Forces Day, and extended an invitation to governors throughout America to provide for the annual observance of Armed Forces Day within their respective jurisdictions, with the objective of increasing public awareness of the U.S. armed forces.

To date, over 1,000 men and women from the Commonwealth have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

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