Today U.S. Congressman Billy Long joined World War II veterans from Southwest Missouri as they visited the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The group was part of Ozark Honor Flight, which sends World War II veterans to visit the memorial.
"They truly are the Greatest Generation," said Long. "This memorial honors those who sacrificed during the deadliest military conflict in history that took the lives of over 400,000 Americans. Without their heroism, the world wouldn't be safe for freedom and democracy."
The National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. was built to honor the 16 million civilians, soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served during the war. The memorial, which was built in 2004, is a tribute to the hard work, sacrifice, and commitment of the American people.
With over one thousand World War II veterans dying each day, the ability to thank the men and women who inspired the monument is running out. That is why two years ago Ozark Honor Flight began transporting World War II veterans to visit the national memorial. Since their first flight they have transported over 700 Southwest Missouri veterans to the monument.
"I am pleased that so many of our veterans in Southwest Missouri get to visit their monument," said Long. "While we can never satisfy the debt we owe our veterans, we must continue to put them first. Our veterans have honorably served their country, and it is time for their country to serve them."
Congressman Long has been a champion of veteran's issues while in congress. The Congressman has cosponsored the Military Retiree Health Care Relief Act and the Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act.