(July 3, 2020 -Washington, D.C.) – On July 1, 2020, Senators Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez, and Congresswomen Jenniffer González-Colón and Stephanie Murphy, introduced a resolution that would designate April 13, 2020 as the “National Borinqueneers Day”. This resolution would honor the 65th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army, known as the “Borinqueneers”, that courageously represented Puerto Rico and fought to defend our beloved Nation. The resolution was adopted unanimously by the U.S. Senate, recognizing the bravery, service, and sacrifice of these patriots in the United States’ armed conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The resolution also highlighted a deep gratitude for the contributions to the Armed Forces made by hundreds of thousands of patriotic United States citizens from Puerto Rico while enumerating the commendations of the 65th Infantry Regiment. The service of the Borinqueneers resulted in numerous commendations and awards, including: 1 Medal of Honor, 9 Distinguished Service Crosses, more than 250 Silver Stars, more than 600 Bronze Stars and more than 2,700 Purple Hearts.
“It is with great pride that we welcome this resolution by the U.S. Senate that honors the 65th Infantry better known as the “Borinqueneers,” said Commissioner Luis Berrios Amadeo, Ret. Colonel of the U.S. Army and member of the Puerto Rico Equality Commission. “After today, history will remember April 13th as the day the sacrifice of our fellow Americans was honored, and their legacy preserved for serving our Nation with courage. In the Vietnam War, around 48,000 Puerto Rican soldiers served honorably, and 573 died in combat. It is with this in mind that we offer our greatest respect to these patriots. The American flag might not have the star of our beloved island, but it does have the blood of our veterans who have fought with courage to preserve our liberty.”
The Puerto Rico Equality Commission will continue to be vital as Congress addresses the inherent flaws of our political relationship with the 50 states of the union and our federal government. Our priority is to keep fighting on behalf of our veterans who deserved to be treated equally to their counterparts in the U.S. mainland and to vote for their Commander in Chief. We want fair representation for the thousands of patriots that continue to fight honorably for a free America.
For more information, please visit the Commission’s website: http://equality-pr.us