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.