PETE V. DOMENICI

NEW MEXICO

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April 7, 2002

 

I am sorry pressing Senate business requires that I return to Washington today, and I cannot be in Albuquerque in person to take part in this wonderful, long overdue monument dedication.

 

More than 1,800 New Mexicans were members of the artillery units that defended our United States and the Philippines sixty years ago, and many of them were part of the now infamous Bataan Death March. Those of you who are here today as survivors . . . and those of you who are family members of these soldiers should know . . . these men were among the most highly decorated soldiers in American history . . . and for very good reason. You served your country with uncommon valor and courage . . . and because so many of you are from New Mexico, Albuquerque is the perfect location for us to honor you.

 

You are free to gather in a beautiful park in a beautiful city on a Sunday in April under free skies . . . and you are here to celebrate that freedom that was ensured by the patriots who we pay tribute to today with this wonderful monument to the Bataan-Corregidor heroes of World War Two.

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