11 Nov '17, 10pm

Veterans Day in Puerto Rico: A time for thanks as crisis mode ends

CATANO, Puerto Rico – For the more than 95,000 veterans on this island of 3.5 million people, Veterans Day marks the tremendous pride many here have in their service. They put on their uniforms, don their pins, badges and caps and stand proud as they are recognized. Saturday’s commemoration had all of that. But on this island, where Hurricane Maria took straight aim seven weeks ago, the storm’s aftermath was very present. Veterans spoke of their experiences as the hurricane made landfall, of the loss sustained across this territory and of the need for recovery. Generals and other U.S. Army officials from the mainland sat alongside Puerto Rican officers on the dais who thanked them for coming to help Puerto Rico. People lined up at a table where the Red Cross was handing out cases of bottled water. And memories of Iraq and Korea were punctuated by the terror of Sept. 20 and...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/us/veterans-day-in-puerto-ri...

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