May 01 2015
WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement in recognition of Marshall Islands National Day:
“On behalf of all Arkansans, I congratulate the people of the Marshall Islands on their independence. This is truly a reason for celebration and recognizing the unique relationship between our countries. Arkansas is home to thousands of people with roots in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The Marshallese are an important part of our communities and have integrated into Arkansas life while also maintaining their customs and traditions, which are grounded in a deep respect for family. We are grateful for their contributions to Arkansas and I look forward to continuing our work together.”Since the 1980s, thousands of Marshallese have legally migrated to the United States, and the U.S. mainland’s largest concentration of immigrants from this South Pacific island reside in Northwest Arkansas. In addition to its Embassy in Washington, D.C., the Republic of the Marshall Islands also has a consulate in Springdale.