Eni speaks on the House Floor about 114th Flag Day

Congressman Faleomavaega’s office issued a press release saying that the congressman spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in celebration of American Samoa’s 114th Flag Day coming next week.

 

With the House set to begin the two week April recess later today, Faleomavaega offered his floor statement Apr. 9, 2014, during “One-Minute Speeches,” a period during which members from each side may offer remarks on any topic of his or her choice.

 

The full text of Congressman Faleomavaega’s floor statement is copied below. A video of the Congressman’s speech can be viewed on You Tube, however by request it has no option for embedding in websites or on Facebook. Click here to view video.

 

TEXT OF SPEECH

 

Madam Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Governor Lolo Moliga and the people of American Samoa, for next week we will be celebrating 114 years for the commemoration of the raising of the American flag on April 17, 1900.

 

Madam Speaker, it was at this historic occasion when our Samoan traditional leaders had the foresight to sign the Treaty of Cession with the representatives of the United States. Our bond and relation as part of the “American family” today is stronger than ever.

 

As we celebrate this year, we must reflect on the sacrifices that were made by our sons and daughters, past and present, who served honorably and valiantly in our Nation’s military forces. Our Samoan sons and daughters have been an important part of our military forces, both here and throughout the world.

 

Ia sao ma uli le alo faiva le faigamalo a Tutuila ma Manu’a ma le Malo Tele o Amerika. Soifua.

 

Samoa News should point out there have been questions as to whether or not Faleomavaega is actually attending House sessions and hearings, as per his press releases or if he is sending his staff to cover, due to rehab from an illness that he has yet to fully explain to his constituents. 

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