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Fallen Heroes

Location: Washington, DC

FALLEN HEROES -- (Extensions of Remarks - June 02, 2004)

THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2004

Mr. KING of New York. Mr. Speaker, as Memorial Day approaches, today I rise to honor the many men and women who have died in the service to our great country. Throughout our nation's history, men and women have fought for freedom and democracy; not only here in the United States, but also around the world. These people have put themselves in harm's way and paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we can continue to live the lives that we do.
This year's anniversary has special meaning for two reasons. First, our country is again at war with members of our armed services deployed to hot zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. While these two conflicts are challenging, we are committed to staying the course and assisting the new governments in creating democratic institutions. Second, the long overdue World War II Memorial will finally be dedicated this Saturday to honor arguably the "greatest generation" of Americans. This is a fitting tribute to the millions of veterans who served overseas as well as those civilians who worked on the home front.

At this time, I would like to make special mention of a constituent of mine who recently lost his life in Iraq. Marine Corporal Kevin T. Kolm of Hicksville died last month while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Once again, I would like to offer my deepest sympathies to Kevin's family. There is nothing more honorable or praiseworthy than serving one's country. It is because of brave servicemen like Kevin Kolm that our country will remain free and proud.

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