BY CONGRESSWOMAN ELECT TULSI GABBARD – I want to send my warmest and heartfelt aloha to all of you today, wishing you a Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays.
The loss of our great warrior, Senator Daniel Inouye, makes Christmas in Hawai`i much more somber this year. Attending his memorial service at Punchbowl National Cemetery on Sunday was very emotional and historic. US Senator Jon Tester played “Taps” to honor our hero. President Obama and Michelle sat in the front row between Irene Inouye and Ken Inouye. Senator Akaka spoke endearingly about his brother, Dan Inouye, and shared some personal stories of their time serving together.
He was truly an American hero. He sacrificed in battle, broke down barriers of prejudice and dedicated his life to our State from its first days in the Union. The fact that Senator Inouye’s last word was “Aloha” speaks volumes.
Like you, I have spent much of the past week reflecting on the Senator’s profound legacy and lifelong commitment to service. In this reflection, we are all reminded of the many blessings we have in our lives, and that we should not take those blessings for granted.
In this spirit of aloha, I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. I want you to know how grateful I am for you, and how privileged I am to serve you.
Mahalo nui loa,
Congresswoman Elect Tulsi Gabbard