In a letter last month to the USPS, Senator Gillibrand requested a formal explanation regarding the agency’s closure plans, and asked that another facility in Washington Heights be renamed after Sgt. Tejeda if the current facility is closed. In a letter directly addressing Senator Gillibrand’s concerns, the USPS responded, “You may be assured that should the Postal Service have to relocate the Post Office to another facility, the new facility will carry the dedication status in honor of Sergeant Tejeda, and the plaque bearing his name will be installed in its place of honor.” The USPS also stated that if the need arises, mobile post office units would be situated on site, “for limited retail services, Post Office box service, and package pick up during the same hours as the present Post Office,” while they pursue an alternate location.
“As Memorial Day approaches and we honor all of America’s dedicated veterans and fallen soldiers, I am very pleased to announce the Post Office has assured me that if the facility dedicated to Sergeant Riayan Tejeda is forced to move, the new facility will continue to bear his name,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “Sergeant Tejeda made the ultimate sacrifice for his country and is a true hero. His continued recognition by the postal service is but a small gesture of our eternal gratitude for his brave actions and selfless service.”
Sgt. Riayan Tejeda was a member of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment and was killed in action in Baghdad, Iraq during combat operations on April 11, 2003, at the age of 26. He was awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions in the line of fire. Tejeda, a married father of two girls, joined the Marine Corps at the age of 18 after graduating from the Fashion Industries High School.