HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One year ago on Tuesday, Hawaii mourned the loss of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, an inspirational war hero who served in World War II and later became the highest-ranking Asian American politician in United States history.
Today, members of Hawaii's congressional delegation issued statements of remembrance in honor of the late Sen. Inouye.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard:
As we take time today to remember our beloved Senator Daniel Inouye, we must honor his legacy of selfless servant leadership and life-long commitment to working in the aloha spirit. His humility and deep compassion for people in Hawai'i and around the world continues to serve as an inspiration to me and the countless lives he impacted.
Today, I remember and honor my dear friend, mentor, and colleague Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
The year since we lost our beloved Senator has been filled with bittersweet memories. Just yesterday I spoke at a ceremony dedicating a new NOAA facility in his name overlooking Pearl Harbor, a site that had so changed his life. I joined everyone there--friends, family, colleagues--in sharing not only the pride of honoring this humble, courageous, extraordinary man, but also the continued loss of his wit, love, and guidance.
While each honor he has received, from posthumously receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, to the buildings, ships, lighthouses, and telescopes renamed to remember him, has reminded us of the impact he had on our state, nation, and world, they also remind us how much he touched our lives.
I believe we best honor Senator Inouye by continuing to carry the lessons he passed to us: to serve humbly, respect each other, and always carry aloha in our hearts. His legacy lives on, but I miss him every day.
Senator Mazie Hirono:
As a young man, Senator Daniel K. Inouye responded to the call of duty and wore the uniform in defense of liberty and freedom. He then went on to a lifetime of public service, laying the foundation for a modern Hawaii.
One year later, Senator Inouye's work on behalf of the people of Hawaii and the nation continues to be acknowledged. Just last month, President Obama honored Senator Inouye's life of service with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) dedicated its new center on Ford Island as the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center. Senator Inouye never forgot the people and places in Hawaii and today we honor his tireless work on behalf of Hawaii and the nation.
Senator Brian Schatz:
We mark this day by remembering the extraordinary life and service of Senator Daniel K. Inouye, a great leader and a true patriot. His courage, heroism, and humility earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow service members, his constituents, colleagues, and leaders around the world. In this remembrance, we commit ourselves to the standards he set, to his deep compassion for all people, his love for Hawai`i and his belief that together we can shape an ever brighter future for our state and country.