HONORING RYAN C. LEWIS; Congressional Record Vol. 148, No. 147
(Extensions of Remarks - November 14, 2002)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                         HONORING RYAN C. LEWIS


                            HON. KEN BENTSEN

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, November 14, 2002

  Mr. BENTSEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize one of my constituents, 
Ryan C. Lewis, who has demonstrated remarkable patriotism and immense 
love for the United States of America. Because of his desire to serve 
his fellow countrymen, Ryan joined the United States Army. He has 
composed a poem to articulate his feelings, and this written 
expression, which Ryan has so graciously shared, is a reflection of his 
heartfelt pride for our country. I feel that it is important to share 
this with my colleagues, as it is an inspiration to all those who hear 

     You asked me to show my patriotism
     I think I already have, by flying the flag
     In my room, by saying the pledge everyday
     And when my eyes get watery and
     The hair on my neck stands up when I hear the
     National Anthem. I've shown you by joining
     The Army just to serve my country.
     It runs in the family, this patriotism in my heart,
     This never ending pride, respect, honor, and love
     I have for my country, this sweet land of liberty.
     You know for you are my sister and you are my brother.

  Mr. Speaker, Ryan's dedication to his country is an example for all 
Americans to follow, and I thank him for his selfless contribution to 
this nation and its people.