Veterans Day ceremony set today at the AMP


Everyone wishing to pay his or her respects to veterans of the United States are welcome to attend the Veterans Day ceremony at the American Memorial Park today, Nov. 11, starting at 11am.

The event will be in honor of all veterans who have served the United States. The Saipan Pacific Winds and Marianas High School will perform. The Saipan Southern High JROTC will perform color guard duties. Keynote speaker Brig. Gen. Stephen K. Curda will say a few words.

Brad Ruszala, who will be the master of ceremonies, said, “It’s really great to know that our local government and our governor continue to support folks who are selflessly volunteering to serve our country. It means a lot to everyone who has been deployed or who’s served in any branch to know that the folks back home care about what we did.”

“The people in the CNMI have such a high percentage of folks who have served and this is just one of the ways where we can show our appreciation to friends, family members, and even people we don’t know,” Ruszala said.

Other invitees to the event include Bishop Ryan P. Jimenez, Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan, acting governor Victor Hocog, and acting Saipan mayor Antonia Tudela.

Ruszala said, “There is actually this one thing that I’m looking forward to on Friday. There’s a part in the ceremony where they specifically acknowledge people who served in Vietnam from 1955 to 1975. At that point in time, soldiers who came back from war weren’t received as warmly as people are nowadays. So tomorrow will be a great opportunity to show our gratitude and sort of make up for lost time.”

Michael T. Santos | Reporter

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