NMI marks Citizenship Day

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres said Citizenship Day is not only a reminder of the Commonwealth people’s allegiance to the United States as citizens, but also of the CNMI’s strengthened relationship with its federal and military partners.

The Commonwealth is observing Citizenship Day  today, Monday, more than a week after Saipan and Tinian were devastated by Typhoon Yutu.

In a statement, the governor said the progress that the islands have made in terms of relief and recovery efforts can be attributed to the CNMI’s strengthened relationship with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Defense, the American Red Cross, and other U.S. agencies and organizations.

“Our islands are resilient and our federal partners are impressed by our spirit and feel welcomed by our hospitality. This is what makes the Marianas one of the most unique places in the world,” the governor said in a statement on Sunday.

“I want to thank our federal and military partners for their relationship as members of the American family. Marianas, because of the partnerships your government has made with these important agencies, we are recovering faster than anticipated. We will continue to work hard to address the needs of every single person who calls these islands home,” he added.

On Nov. 3, 1986, in Washington, D.C., President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation in which he welcomed “the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands into the American family and congratulate our new fellow citizens.”

Each year, the CNMI celebrates Citizenship on Nov. 4. When it falls on a Sunday, however, the holiday is celebrated on Monday.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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