AUTHORIZING ESTABLISHMENT OF COMMEMORATIVE WORK TO HONOR BRIGADIER GENERAL FRANCIS MARION -- (House of Representatives - July 24, 2006)
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Mr. WALDEN of Oregon. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.
H.R. 5057 introduced by Congressman JOE WILSON of South Carolina would authorize the Marion Park Project to establish a commemorative work on Federal land in the District of Columbia to honor Brigadier General Francis Marion. General Francis Marion, known as The Swamp Fox, was a Revolutionary War officer from South Carolina. He led a band of irregular fighters in the back- and low-country swamps of South Carolina to fight the British troops under Lord Cornwallis. He is generally credited as the father of guerilla warfare.
Marion Park in the District of Columbia is named after the famous general; however, there is very little recognition of the man himself at the park. The Marion Park Project was established in partnership with the nonprofit Palmetto Conservation Foundation with the goal of placing a monument to General Marion at the park. The group has coordinated this effort with the National Park Service and is now seeking authorization from Congress so the project may move forward. No Federal funds will be authorized for the establishment of the commemorative work, and the Marion Park Project will be responsible for raising the funds.
Finally, I would like to recognize the work of our colleague, Congressman Wilson, and the important contribution of Congressman HENRY BROWN in bringing this legislation to this House floor today, and I would urge my colleagues to support H.R. 5057.