Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM observes First Veterans of Foreign Wars Day

Palikir, POHNPEI (FSM Information Services): November 11, 2004 - Today, the Federated States of Micronesia observed its first Holiday of Veterans of Foreign Wars Day, in conjunction with the United States commemoration of Veterans Day.

Today's observance was enabled through Public Law 13-38 signed on June 23 of this year, adding November 11 as a national holiday to be observed throughout the FSM.

The PL 13-38 stated that : "the eleventh day of November of each year, which is hereby designated as FSM Veterans of Foreign Wars Day to commemorate those citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia serving in Foreign Wars through its services in the Armed Forces of the United States of America."

Lorin Robert Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs, speaking at the Veterans Day Commemoration held at the US Residence in Pohnpei, highlighted the significance of Veterans Day to the FSM, " we (FSM) have delegated our national defense responsibility to the United States, and many of our citizens have chosen to take advantage of the opportunity to serve in the US Armed Forces.

"And so today, November 11, one day celebrated by our two countries together, in honor of our same heroes, serving in the same Armed Forces, for the good of mankind," Deputy Secretary Robert stated.

On FSM's first Veterans Day, Deputy Secretary Robert said that people throughout the Federation join the US in paying tribute, respect and honor to veterans of the US Armed Forces by remembering their patriotism, love of country, and desire to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

He continued that the FSM also "salute and pay tribute to our young men and women of the FSM serving alongside Americans [...] we take great pride in their efforts and sacrifice, and we are humbled by their contributions [...]"

Deputy Secretary Robert continued that "no one word or words can fully describe and convey the true depth of our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifices, for putting their own lives on the line for humanity and our freedom.

"From first hand experience here at home with our first casualty in battle, a native son of Pohnpei, we all know too well, Freedom isn't free," he concluded.

Hosted by the US Embassy and staff, the Veterans Day Commemoration was attended by members of the American community in Pohnpei, Vice President Redley Killion and various officials from both the National and State Government along with several FSM veterans which included Army Specialist Hilario Bermanis II.

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