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Honoring Puerto Rico’S Military Veterans November 13, 2013
Pedro Pierluisi, D-PR
"And I am working to honor a military unit that perhaps best exemplifies the service that residents of Puerto Rico have rendered to this Nation. Congressman Bill Posey of Florida and I have introduced legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment known as the Borinqueneers, a unit composed mostly of soldiers from Puerto Rico that overcame discrimination and won admiration for their performance in the Korean war. Our bill has nearly 160 bipartisan cosponsors, and there is a companion bill in the Senate that has also garnered strong support. I hope all my colleagues will join me in honoring this special group of veterans."
Hispanic Heritage Month October 16, 2013
Alan Grayson, D-FL
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, to recognize the 65th Infantry Regiment of the Third Division in the United States Army, “the Boriqueneers.” This all-volunteer Puerto Rican unit was nicknamed “the Borinqueneers,” from the name Borinquen given to Puerto Rico by its original inhabitants, the Taino Indians."
The Western New York Hispanic American Veterans’ Committee June 14, 2013
Brian Higgins, D-NY
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize our Nation’s Hispanic-American veterans with the unveiling of the Hispanic-American Veterans’ Memorial. Dedicated to the service of past, present, and future veterans, the memorial honors the courageous sacrifices and immense contributions by the Hispanic-American community while defending our Nation. Hispanic-Americans have a storied history in the armed forces. The legendary 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Borinqueneers,” was the only segregated Hispanic-American branch in the history of our military. Established in 1899, the regiment made significant contributions to the American effort in World War I, World War II, and the Korean War. Locally, the Gabriel A. Rodriguez American Legion Post Number 1928 primarily serves and honors Hispanic-American veterans. The Hispanic-American Veterans’ Memorial is the first monument to Hispanic-American veterans in our region. Thanks to the efforts of countless individuals, including the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Western New York Hispanic American Veterans’ Committee, these brave men and women will be memorialized permanently along the waterfront. Placed among many military memorials, the monument demonstrates the unity among our country’s noble service men and women. The memorial features boots, a rifle, and a helmet arranged in a battlefield cross to remember fallen heroes. The flags of twenty-two countries are engraved on an ellipse with a kneeling soldier and a female soldier, representing the twenty-one countries where most Hispanic-American veterans trace their roots, and the United States. Four hundred sixty personalized bricks symbolize the sacrifices and history of those who have fallen in battle, and allow public and private engagement with those who are memorialized. It is with great pride that today I recognize the service of over one million Hispanic-American veterans with the unveiling of this memorial. I am immensely grateful for the commitment of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Western New York Hispanic-American Veterans’ Committee to telling the stories of these heroes. Their service to our region and our Nation is inspiring, and I am proud that Western New Yorkers now have a place to reflect on their legacy."
Recognizing The 65Th Infantry Regiment May 15, 2013
Bill Nelson, D-FL
"Mr President, today I wish to recognize and honor the achievements of the 65th Infantry Regiment known as the “Borinqueneers” for their contribution to the defense of our great Nation."
Census Bureau Economic Questionnaire April 25, 2013
Bill Posey, R-FL
"Mr. Speaker, I would also like to say I am pleased to be here today and joined by Resident Commissioner Pierluisi in support of a bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Borinqueneers."

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