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Authorizing the Use of Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center for an Event to Award the Congressional Gold Medal, Collectively, to the Montford Point Marines

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Ms. BROWN of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of my Resolution to allow the Ceremony honoring the Montford Point Marines to receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

As you know, I was honored to have introduced the legislation that granted the Montford Point Marines a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor that can be bestowed for an outstanding deed or act of service to the security, prosperity, and national interest of the United States.

I was pleased to work with the General James F. Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, in support of this resolution.

Years before Jackie Robinson, and decades before Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., these heroes joined the Marines to defend their country and do their job.

At the end of this month, over 500 Montford Point Marines will descend upon Washington and receive the honor that is due them. I am pleased to be able to make the Capitol available to them.

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