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Honoring Our Puerto Rican Veterans Thank You

Honoring Our Puerto Rican Veterans
Thank you!
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Veterans day was originally established on November 11 to observe the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, which marked the armistice of World War I. Since then it has become a day to honor and remember the sacrifice of all of our Veterans.

Today I would love for you to join me in thanking every single Puerto Rican veteran for their sacrifice and service. Due to lack of positive media coverage most people are unaware that Puerto Rico has been a US territory since 1898 and as such has fought bravely in every war, battle and conflict the United States has ever encountered.

It’s crucial for all of our children to teach a more accurate account of history. It’s time to put an end to separation and segregation and stop endorsing the false ideas that Europeans were the only founders of this country. Latinos/Hispanics have been here since before the United States was united. I’ve said it before and will say it again: Diversity is this country’s strength. Puerto Rican contributions have built and made this nation powerful.

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I wrote about my connection to Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry which you can read about here.
Remembering Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry This Memorial Day

If you have a link please share it with me in the comments section below.  Here are a few of the links and resources I have found.

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Websites:

List of Puerto Rican Military Personnel 

Puerto Rican Servicewomen in Defense of the Nation

Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment

Hispanic America U.S.A

Resource for finding Hispanic military contributions.
Ancestry.com All U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 Results

Puerto Rican Veterans Monument Square Association: Proudly recognizing all Puerto Rican Veterans that have served in the Armed Forces

Places

Puerto Rico National Cemetery 
Puerto Rico National serves over 150,000 veterans in Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Region, and Central and South America.

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“I am a Veteran, as are most of my personal friends. A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. Regardless of personal or political views, there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact…” José N. Harris

“Most Americans are aware of the brutality and injustice used to maintain the excesses of their selfish consumer society and empire. Yet I suspect…they do not care. They don’t want to see what is done in their name. They do not want to look at the rows of flag-draped coffins, the horribly maimed bodies and faces of veterans, or the human suffering in the blighted and deserted former manufacturing centers. It is too upsetting. Government and corporate censorship is therefore welcomed and appreciated.”   Curtis White


“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” George Washington



“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.” G.K. Chesterton



“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” Abraham Lincoln

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