RECOGNIZING THE VETERANS WHO SERVED DURING WORLD WAR II, THE AMERICANS WHO SUPPORTED THE WAR, AND CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL -- (House of Representatives - May 11, 2004)
Mr. HALL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to support H. Con. Res. 409, a resolution in recognition of the veterans of World War II and celebrate the completion of the National World War II Memorial.
As one of the 12 Members of Congress who is a veteran of World War II, I am proud and pleased that our Nation will be dedicating this World War II memorial on May 29. The memorial is a beautiful and solemn tribute to the 16 million men and women who served, the 400,000 Americans who died, and the millions who supported the war effort at home.
Ours has been called the Greatest Generation, but in reality our parents were the great ones because they survived two wars and a depression, and understood the importance of work and sacrifice. They instilled in the World War II generation a sense of duty that mobilized our country into action and ultimate victory.
While we are engaged in wars overseas, it is fitting I think to pause and remember the selfless sacrifice and the courage of the members of the United States armed services. Like the men and women currently serving, soldiers' valiant efforts in World War II helped secure the freedoms we enjoy today and secured America's leadership throughout the world.
This will be a monument not only for the World War II generation, but also for our children and our grandchildren. I am hopeful that Americans will visit this site for years to come and take time to honor those throughout the ages who answered the call to duty. They did not seek war, but rather yearned for peace and for liberty.