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  • In Memorian: General Ben Garrido Blaz

    by Representative Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan

    Posted on 2014-01-10

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    SABLAN of the northern mariana islands in the house of representatives Friday, January 10, 2014 Mr. SABLAN. Mr. Speaker, the people of the Northern Mariana Islands extend their condolences to the people of Guam on the passing of their former Delegate to Congress, General Ben Garrido Blaz.

    Especially, we extend our sympathies to his sons, Mike and Tom, and to all of General Blaz's family for their great loss.

    Ben Blaz was a trailblazer for all the Chamorros of the Mariana Islands, the first of us ever to rise to the rank of General in the U.S. Armed Forces.

    And he served here from the 99th to the 102nd Congresses, often looking out for the interests of the people of the Northern Mariana Islands, whom I represent, as well as for his own constituency in Guam.

    Beyond those professional accomplishments, Ben Blaz was a warm and caring man.

    He was knowledgeable about policy, committed to finding solutions, and in his passing, the Marianas have lost an important leader.

    The people of the Northern Mariana Islands share the sadness of our friends and neighbors in Guam.

    And I thank Ms. Bordallo for bringing us together here this afternoon to salute General Ben Garrido Blaz.

    May he rest in peace.


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