Secretary Deb Haaland
, the first Native person to lead the Department of the Interior
, delivers a video message
on Veterans Day.
In the video, Haaland notes that both of her parents served in the military. Her late father was a U.S. Marine who fought in the Vietnam War. Her mother Mary Toya
, who passed away last months served in the U.S. Navy.
“My parents taught me what service to our country
means and how we all have a responsibility
to honor our veterans every day, not just
on days like Veterans Day,” Haaland says in the video, which was posted on November 10, 2021
“I want to personally thank all the veterans who have chosen to bring their commitment
to service and leadership skills to work at the Department of the Interior,” adds Haaland, who is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna. Her late mother was also from the Pueblo of Jemez.
“Please take a moment to acknowledge the sacrifices
our veterans and their families make so that
we can live freely in the country we love,” Haaland continues.
“To our servicemembers who are defending our
country right now, thank you,” Haaland concludes.
“Thank you for everything you do, and thank
you also to your families who serve alongside