Congresswoman Amata Pays Respects to Heroes at Pacific Memorial Day Ceremony
Washington, DC – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata took part in the 70th Mayor’s Memorial Day Ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, which included numerous military and government dignitaries, a military fly over, and a keynote speech by Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson.
Congresswoman Amata at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
“On Memorial Day, the nation pauses to honor our fallen heroes, all those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom throughout the entire history of the United States of America,” said Aumua Amata. “Of the 48 million Americans who have served in the Armed Forces since 1776, Memorial Day is the special holiday reserved specifically for those who sacrificed their lives so that we could enjoy the benefits of freedom today. May we cherish the memories of these patriots. Their legacy is honored by the tradition of service developed by American Samoa in recent generations.”
Congresswoman Amata with Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John M. Richardson, keynote speaker at the ceremony
Over 40 different military organizations presented wreaths at the memorial, and 38,000 lei were made and placed on gravesites in honor of the country’s service members. The National Cemetery site is known as the Punchbowl, located at Punchbowl Crater, Honolulu.
Congresswoman Amata with friends working at the 70th Memorial Day Ceremony as they make sure all goes as planned at the event
“Thank you for the honor of speaking on Memorial Day, a day dedicated to those who have served our nation so that we can live, work, and worship freely,” said Admiral Richardson in his speech. “We honor these heroes who have fought and died in every major conflict during our country’s 243-year history.”
Congresswoman Amata with US Senator Brian Schatz and Governor David Ige
Congresswoman Amata with State Senator Mike Gabbard and Jennifer Gutowski, Director, VA Pacific Islands Healthcare
Congresswoman Amata with Admiral Kevin Lunday, Commander, 14th District US Coast Guard