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Gov. Mapp Honors The Memory Of Virgin Islands Veterans On Memorial Day

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp this weekend honored the memory of those who have served the Virgin Islands and United States in military service and lost their lives.
“We observe Memorial Day each year to remember and to pay tribute to the men and women who have given their lives during military service to our nation, and to “Honor Their Service,” Mapp said.  “There is no greater sacrifice to offer, nor words adequate to express our gratitude.  We can express, however, our good fortune to live and prosper because of their love of country.”
Mapp said that he commends Director Patrick Farrell, Office of Veterans Affairs, “for once again organizing sponsors and a series of events on each island befitting this occasion.”
“It is my hope that every resident will participate, or take some time to reflect on the cost of human conflict and the courage it takes to pay that cost,” Mapp said. “During the course of the day, take the time to share a story of a veteran that was a friend or family member. “
Mapp, who served as a police officer in New York City and worked as a bodyguard for Gov. Juan F. Luis in the territory, said that he was sympathetic to everyone who has put their life on the line in service to their country.
“I join in honoring all who have given everything in defense of our freedom,” Mapp said. “I join in expressing pride in the willingness of men and women in uniform to protect our interests despite the risks.  I am proud to be among such fellow citizens on Memorial Day.”
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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