Puerto Rican navy veterans referred to as the Borinqueneers are getting their very own nationwide day after Congress authorized the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act throughout an unprecedented vote that overrode President Donald Trump’s veto of the sweeping navy coverage invoice.
“With the vote of the U.S. Senate to override the veto of the President to the Nationwide Protection Authorization Act, our laws is already Legislation to designate April 13 as Nationwide Day of Borinqueneers!!!!!,” Rep. Jenniffer González, Puerto Rico’s non-voting members of Congress, tweeted in Spanish on Saturday.
The designation of April 13 as Nationwide Borinqueneers Day “acknowledges the bravery, service, and sacrifice” of the sixty fifth Infantry Regiment, a U.S. Military unit that consisted principally of troopers from Puerto Rico, based on the brand new regulation. They fought in each World Wars and Korea. The regiment carried the identify Borinqueneers, in reference to Puerto Rico’s pre-colonial identify Borinquen.
April 13 marks the day by which the members of the Borinqueneers acquired Congressional Gold Medal again in 2016.
“All through their service, they suffered persistent discrimination. For too lengthy, their contribution to our historical past has been neglected, so at present, at present we’re setting the file straight by giving them the very best award inside our possession, the Congressional Gold Medal,” stated former Home Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., when he offered the distinction to a few Borinqueneers on the 2016 ceremony.
The Nationwide Borinqueneers Day additionally seeks to “pay tribute to the sacrifices made and adversities overcome by Puerto Rican and Hispanic members of the Armed Forces” in addition to “acknowledge the numerous contributions to United States historical past made by the Borinqueneers,” the regulation reads.
González, a Republican, led an effort within the Home alongside Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida to commemorate the Borinqueneers with a nationwide day. Republican Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio of Florida, along with Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, additionally labored on a profitable effort within the Senate to get the same provision handed on July 2020.