(April 13, 2021 – Washington, DC) – Today, Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi commemorates the 1st “National Borinqueneers Day”, honoring the 65th Infantry Regiment of the United States Army, mostly composed of Puerto Rican soldiers. The Borinqueneers bravely and courageously defended our Nation during World War I, II, and the Korean War. In 2014 the Borinqueneers received the Congressional Gold Medal as a testament to their contributions that sealed its place of patriotic pride in our shared history with all American citizens.
“Today, we come together to commemorate the courage of the “Borinqueneers” that stood up for our Nation and proudly represented Puerto Rico. We also honored a valiant Puerto Rican soldier, Sergeant First Class Modesto Cartagena de Jesús, paying tribute by naming after him the Visitor Control Center located at the Borinqueneers Access Control Point in Fort Buchanan,” said Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi.
“The great achievements of the Borinqueneers in yesterday’s battles are still felt today. As Governor of Puerto Rico, it is the honor of a lifetime to thank them for their service and contributions. Their bravery and commitment are proof that there is no contradiction in feeling patriotic pride for being Puerto Rican while feeling great pride as American citizens,” concluded Governor Pedro R. Pierluisi.
“On this day, we celebrate the “Borinqueneers” with pride and joy, remembering their bravery in the face of adversity. They inspire us every day to continue the fight for equality so that our armed forces can one day vote for their Commander-in-Chief and receive equal treatment under the flag that they fiercely defended. I join others in thanking them for the bravely and patriotism,” said PRFAA’s Executive Director, Carmen M. Feliciano.