Aumua honors our Toa O Samoa — and all who served on Veterans Day

Source: Media release, office of Congresswoman Aumua Amata

Pago Pago — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day 2016.

 “As we come together today to recognize the service of all who have served in our nation’s armed forces, let us take a moment to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms and could not be here today to join in the celebration.  Let us also remember those young men and women who at this very moment are in far off lands, standing between the forces of oppression and freedom loving people everywhere.

We must also not forget the sacrifices made by the families of our service members, who go long periods of time without seeing their loved ones, and often have to perform the duties of two parents, while the other willfully places themselves in harm’s way for our grateful nation.

As you know, our beautiful island, while small geographically in comparison to other states and territories, has the highest rate of enlistment into our nation’s armed forces, a fact that I persistently remind Congress of.  In fact, it is 10 times that of the states.  This means that in American Samoa, every Veterans Day is just a little more special, and I want to personally salute all from our island who have served.

May God continue to bless the United States, and those who stand to protect her.”

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