Memorial Day Gathering: Supporting Our Troops and Their Families

May 24, 2010


The United Workers Movement-NMI is sponsoring an event to recognize all men and women who serve or served in the United States Armed Forces and all of their parents and families members who support their service. The event will be held at American Memorial Park on May 31 from 4:00 -7:00 pm.

Rabby Syed said: "While Memorial Day is a day to honor members of the Armed Forces who have lost their lives serving the United States, we want to also recognize those who are living. There are many military men and women from the CNMI serving the U.S. overseas and in the reserves. Even the foreign workers have U.S. citizen children who serve in the military and their service should be recognized and celebrated."

The National Memorial Day Concert takes place every year on the mall at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The music and songs pay tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country.

The "Supporting Our Troops and Their Families" event sponsored by the UWM-NMI will feature a singing contest where children will compete for prizes singing patriotic songs. The competition is divided by age groups: 6 to 9 year olds and 10 to 16 year olds.

Those interested in joining in the singing contest should register by next Friday. For more information, call Rabby Syed at 285-3306, Ronnie Doca at 285-9255 or Jun Concillado at 287-0191.

Mr Syed also commented on the upcoming "indigenous rally" to be held on May 29th. From the Saipan Tribune:
As for this Saturday's planned assembly of those who oppose the Department of the Interior's recommendation to grant improved immigration status to long-term alien workers, Syed said they respect peoples' democratic rights.

Syed, however, appealed to the group not to make it into a political issue, but a humanitarian one.

He said there are many alien workers who are married to locals or have Immediate Relative status.

Many locals also have housemaids serving them for more than 15 to 20 years-housemaids who are raising the children of these local families.

“In a way we are tied with the local community, so they should consider those concerns carefully,” Syed said.

2 comments:

Captain said...

Wendy,
This is timely, in regards to a past commenter that had a comment about workers US children and if they registered for the draft at 18.(among other things)

It would be interesting to know exactly how many worker's children are actually in the military,(US Cit. and also non US Cit.) How many have been accepted into a US Military academy.
Is there anyway to get these stats with your resources.
We already know of the number of "legal" workers here.
We already know that many of the "local" population go into the military also (the ones that can pass the entrance test)
I wonder what the total number is also from these.
Maybe one of the indigenous groups could supply that.
When a person enlists in the US Military they do not distinguished if they are from "alien" parents, only from where they are from.
Because many shre the last family name it cannot be distinguished.

Wendy said...

Hi Captain

I know there are many residents and foreign workers who have children in the armed forces and some with more than one. I interviewed one and his mother on this video.