For Immediate Release - July 28, 2011


Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Murray pays respects at Puerto Rico National Cemetery (Photo Credit: Lauren Jones / Lieutenant Governor's Office)

BAYAMON, PUERTO RICO - Thursday, July 28, 2011 - Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray yesterday visited the Puerto Rico National Cemetery in Bayamon to pay respects to fallen service members. During his visit, Lieutenant Governor Murray presented the cemetery with a Massachusetts flag previously flown over the State House in honor of Massachusetts-born service members and former residents, who are buried in the cemetery, or listed as missing.

Lieutenant Governor Murray, who serves as chair of the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services, also visited the grave site of Manuel Ocasio-Morales, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran and native of Puerto Rico. Ocasio-Morales worked at the U.S. Naval Base at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and later lived in Worcester, Massachusetts before his death in 1994.

The Puerto Rico National Cemetery became a national cemetery on July 12, 1948. Situated on 108.2 acres and managed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the cemetery serves over 150,000 veterans in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Caribbean Region, and Central and South America, with more than 1,600 burials conducted each year, or about six per weekday. The cemetery is the only national cemetery outside of the continental United States and Hawaii.

Lieutenant Governor Murray is in Puerto Rico this week, participating in the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Annual Meeting. Lieutenant Governor Murray currently serves as Treasurer of the NLGA, and is scheduled to present the NLGA Financial Report on Friday. During the conference, Lieutenant Governor Murray is also participating in a series of panels and discussions, highlighting unique and successful initiatives that continue to support Massachusetts' economic growth and recovery. Lieutenant Governor Murray visited MassMutual's San Juan agency on Tuesday, and discussed how that agency supports the Massachusetts economy. Lieutenant Governor Murray arrived in San Juan Tuesday and will depart Friday to return to Massachusetts.


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