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Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act--Motion to Proceed--Resumed

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. McCONNELL. Madam President, today, on the 68th anniversary of D-day, I am honored to recognize a distinguished group of World War II veterans from my State of Kentucky who have come to the Nation's Capital to visit the World War II Memorial on the Mall that they helped to inspire.

Thanks to the noble work of the Honor Flight Program and the leaders of the Bluegrass Chapter, including Brian Duffy, these brave patriots, along with their brothers-in-arms from the Korean war, will see the national memorials built in their honor today. Over the years, the Honor Flight Bluegrass Chapter has brought some 1,100 veterans--most from Kentucky--to Washington, DC, for this purpose. This program provides transportation, lodging, and food for the veterans. Without Honor Flight, most of these veterans would never be able to visit the Capital or see the World War II Memorial.

I have been privileged to visit with groups of Honor Flight veterans before, and I am pleased to report that I will be meeting with today's group at their memorial as well. My father served in World War II, and it is an honor to shake hands with his contemporaries, hear their stories, and thank them for their service.

America is forever indebted to the heroic members of the U.S. military who defended this great Nation and fought for freedom and against tyranny in World War II. They have truly earned the title of ``the greatest generation.''

I also thank the Honor Flight Program and Brian Duffy for their continued commitment to bring Kentucky's World War II and Korean veterans to see their memorials. Brian and the Bluegrass Chapter do what they do because they have great admiration and respect for our military veterans. I know my colleagues join me in saying that this Senate shares that admiration and respect, be it for members of ``the greatest generation'' or for the current generation of brave volunteers who have served in Afghanistan and/or Iraq or are serving today elsewhere across the world.

I wish to recognize each and every World War II and Korean war veteran from Kentucky who is visiting the memorial in our Nation's Capital today, and I ask unanimous consent that their names be printed in the Record.

There being no objection, the material was ordered to be printed in the Record,

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