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Puerto Rican Soldier Among Casualties of Black Hawk Crash

A Black Hawk crash this weekend left 11 dead, including a serviceman from Puerto Rico, Sgt. Luis Galbreath of San Juan. Sgt. Galbreath was 41 and a member of 25th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  Three of the eleven were U.S. soldiers.

Puerto Rican Influence Throughout the Fifty States

Following a wave of migration over the past decade, Puerto Ricans now have a notable presence in nearly every state throughout the country.  Between 2000 and 2010, the Puerto Rican population in the fifty states grew by 300,000 people, and with that growth has come Puerto Rican representation in virtually every state, not just in… Read more »

Hawaii Celebrates Statehood

Today Hawaii is celebrating its 53rd anniversary of becoming a State, and there is much to celebrate. Remembering Hawaii’s attainment of statehood on August 21, 1959, former Gov. Linda Lingle (R) recalls the celebration in the streets – civil defense horns wailing, church bells peeling, ship whistles blaring and motorists honking their horns.  She has… Read more »

The Puerto Rican “Brain Drain”

After several years of strong migration, more Puerto Ricans now live in the fifty states than in Puerto Rico.  According to the 2010 Census, there are 4.7 million Puerto Ricans living in the non-territorial United States and 3.7 million living in Puerto Rico.  All states but one experienced an increase in their Puerto Rican populations… Read more »

To Err is Human…

People make mistakes, of course. Even a respected news sources such as Reuters can make an error — and they did. In their “schedule of forthcoming world elections” they listed Puerto Rico’s plebiscite for August 12th. As you can see in the close-up below, Reuters claimed that Puerto Rican voters would decide the first question… Read more »

Is This Puerto Rico’s Year to Go for the Gold?

Puerto Rico has fielded a team at the Olympics since 1948 but has never won a gold medal.  The U.S. territory has won silver and bronze medals, but only in boxing, not in any other sport. This year all that may change.

Tommy Ramos and the Olympic Games

Puerto Rico is proud of Tommy Ramos, a Bayamon-born gymnast who has qualified for the Olympic men’s gymnastics rings final to be held on August 6th in London. As a native-born Puerto Rican, Tommy Ramos is a U.S. citizen.  He could have participated in the Olympics as a member of the U.S. team.  Had he… Read more »

Happy Birthday to Jose Celso Barbosa!

In 1899, Jose Celso Barbosa and a group of supporters founded Puerto Rico’s first political party dedicated to promoting statehood with the United States.  At the time, he explained, “[w]e want and we ask for equality.  Not colonial control or protection. We [support] the same ideal of the American union with equality in rights and… Read more »

Puerto Rico: A Proud Tradition of Military Service

On July 18, 2012, Sgt. Jose J. Reyes, 24, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, sacrificed his life for his country in Afghanistan when a vehicle he was riding in was struck by an explosive device. The untimely death of Sgt. Reyes recalls the long tradition of honor and sacrifice by thousands of Puerto Ricans who have fought… Read more »