Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
TRIBUTE TO LUIS MUNOZ MARIN
(Extensions of Remarks - February 26, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E294] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TRIBUTE TO LUIS MUNOZ MARIN ______ HON. ANIBAL ACEVEDO-VILA of puerto rico in the house of representatives Tuesday, February 25, 2003 Mr. ACEVEDO-VILA. Mr. Speaker, last week Puerto Ricans celebrated the birthday of one of our greatest and most beloved leaders: Luis Munoz Marin. Today I want to honor Munoz Marin's memory and recognize his contribution to democracy and progress in Puerto Rico and the Americas. Munoz was the architect of Puerto Rico's commonwealth status and the promoter of an economic revolution that transformed Puerto Rican society. Munoz was a true champion of liberalism and democracy and had absolute confidence in the capacity of Puerto Ricans to govern themselves. Munoz dedicated his life to strengthen our democracy and to promote the best of our culture. His vision translated into the ``Estado Libre Asociado'' (or Commonwealth), which allowed Puerto Ricans to approve their own constitution and achieve a high degree of self-government in association with the United States. Munoz understood that social justice was the basis of true prosperity and thus he made social justice the cornerstone of the Popular Democratic Party, which he founded in 1938. Munoz worked closely with several Presidents, including Presidents Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Kennedy, and was a key player in the implementation of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. He was a proud United States citizen, but was also very proud of his Puerto Rican nationhood. Twice in about a decade, Time Magazine graced its cover with Munoz Marin's portrait. Munoz Marin will always be remembered for his contributions to promote democracy and social justice in the Americas. Munoz died in 1980, but his legacy is very much alive. Today, as a new generation of leaders lays the foundations for a further enhancement of the commonwealth status, let's all remember and honor Luis Munoz Marin. ____________________