Mr. WILSON of South Carolina. Mr. Speaker, during the Memorial Day work period, I was grateful to participate on a congressional delegation visiting with service members and our allies. We went to thank them, but the reality is our new greatest generation has inspired us.
We began at Pristina, Kosovo, where NATO personnel are nurturing a 5-year-old nation with a Muslim majority while respecting the rights of a Christian minority.
In Germany, we thanked the dedicated personnel of Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for lifesaving care of courageous warriors for freedom. At Kaiserslautern, the American City of Germany, we were reassured of Germany's appreciation of America's promoting peace through strength.
Across Afghanistan, we witnessed a developing civil society from the rubble of a Soviet occupation. Our heroic personnel have trained 352,000 Afghans into an effective force to protect the civilian population from cowardly terrorists.
To protect American families at home, we must deny safe havens from terrorists overseas.
In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget September the 11th in the global war on terrorism.