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Governor Calls Out Congress at Borinqueneers Award Ceremony

By on April 27, 2016

SAN JUAN–Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla attended a ceremony early Wednesday  in which the 65th Infantry Regiment, also known as the Borinqueneers, was presented the Congressional Gold Medal at the San Felipe del Morro Castle in Old San Juan.

AGUADILLA, PUERTO RICO - NOVEMBER 01:  (L-R) Simone Menne, member of Executive Board of Deustche Lufthansa AG, Elmar Lutter, CEO of LTPR and Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico attend the opening of Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico facilities on November 1, 2015 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.  (Photo by GV Cruz/Getty Images for Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico)

Alejandro Garcia Padilla, Governor of Puerto Rico, on November 1, 2015 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. (Photo by GV Cruz/Getty Images for Lufthansa Technik Puerto Rico)

The regiment consists of Puerto Ricans who were deployed on the front lines during World War I as well as World War II and the Korean War. The Secretary of Veteran Affairs of the United States, Robert McDonald, was also present at the ceremony.

However, not even this event could avoid island politics, with García Padilla lauding the Borinqueneers, but also taking the opportunity to call on the U.S. Congress to intervene in the current fiscal and economic crisis in Puerto Rico. The governor said that while duty called the soldiers to defend the U.S. on the battlefront, “at this moment du,ty calls Congress.”

“Now duty calls at the door of Congress and we have yet to hear a clear answer,” said García Padilla. “Taking the extraordinary achievements of our soldiers as an example, I urge the greatest action possible from the members of Congress so that they finally defend the 3.5 million U.S. citizens that live on the island from an imminent humanitarian crisis.”

García Padilla compared the example of the Borinqueneers in battle with the characteristics that should describe Puerto Ricans today as they face the current crisis.

“The real measure of the human spirit is revealed when facing the worst adversity,” said García Padilla. “The men of the 65th Infantry Regiment fulfilled an historic mission with honor and courage, and will be always there as a reminder of our immense potential to achieve greatness.”

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