WASHINGTON, D.C.—Former congressman Vicente “Ben” Garrido Blaz was laid to rest yesterday with full military honors.
Delegate Madeleine Z Bordallo (D-GU) 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 Blaz.
Also in attendance were Gov. Eddie Calvo; Delegate Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (CNMI); Gov. Eloy Inos (CNMI); Speaker Peter Deleon Guerrero (CNMI); Lt. Gen. Richard Tryon, commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces Command; Vice Adm. William French, commander, Navy Installations Command; and Rear Adm. Peter Gumataotao, commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic.
Blaz passed away on Jan. 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. [Yesterday], 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," said Bordallo. (PR)