US Virgin Islands Hotel & Tourism Association
Gov. Kenneth E. Mapp joins American citizens throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands and across the globe on Nov. 11 in honoring veterans of the United States Armed Forces – “heroes who have offered their service to protect our freedom and way of life.”
“It is with great respect and gratitude that we take this opportunity every year to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served our country with great honor,” said Mapp. “We owe both them and their families our eternal thanks for their dedication, their bravery and their strength.”
Mapp thanked fellow Virgin Islanders for extending courtesies and kindness to all veterans on this special holiday and throughout the year. “Our military service members need the ongoing support of our entire community. Let us all continue to extend our gratitude for their courage and service.”
As the territory recovers from two back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes, Mapp reflected on the many sacrifices of the military, members of the Virgin Islands National Guard and National Guard divisions across the United States. “The past several weeks have highlighted more than ever the selflessness of our military women and men,” he stated. “Our recovery efforts would be nowhere near where they are today were it not for their service.”
Mapp commended the VI Office of Veterans Affairs for organizing this year’s events, as they do every year, in observance of Veterans Day and for recognizing women in service with this year’s theme, “A Salute to Women Veterans.” Parades and formal ceremonies took place on Nov. 11 both on St. Croix and St. Thomas.