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Governor recognizes the work of the National Guard on 9/11


“This commemoration not only honors the victims of 9-11, but also recognizes the vital mission of the National Guard in promoting a culture of peace and combating global terrorism,” Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said Monday on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

By The Star Staff


Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia paid tribute on Monday to the Puerto Rico National Guard and commemorated the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.


“I highlight the altruistic service of our National Guard, who are always present at critical moments, demonstrating firm commitment and gallantry,” Pierluisi declared at an official ceremony.


The adjutant general of Puerto Rico, Brig. Gen. Miguel Méndez, emphasized the historic dedication of the National Guard, which he said since 1919 has faced and overcome myriad challenges, including the 9-11 terrorist attacks, during which he said Guard personnel demonstrated bravery and patriotism.


Law 162, dated Aug. 10, 1988, stipulates that the governor designate a week in September to recognize the significant contribution of members of the National Guard, who are recognized as talented, professional and highly trained.


At the event, Pierluisi also highlighted the recent promotion of Méndez to major general in Puerto Rico, marking the beginning of a series of activities that will be carried out until Sept. 16 to promote the development of members of the National Guard and strengthen cooperation with community and educational entities.


“This commemoration not only honors the victims of 9-11, but also recognizes the vital mission of the National Guard in promoting a culture of peace and combating global terrorism,” proclaimed the governor, who emphasized that the perpetrators of the 9-11 attacks tried, without success, to break the spirit and democratic heritage of the nation.


National Guard Week ceremonies will continue, Pierluisi said, promoting collaboration and continued growth of its members, and honoring those who have dedicated their lives to protecting and defending the nation’s freedoms and values.

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