May 11, 2010 - Issue: Vol. 156, No. 70 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 2nd Session
IN HONOR AND RECOGNITION OF VETERANS OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, (VBOB) OHIO NORTH COAST CHAPTER XXXVI; Congressional Record Vol. 156, No. 70
(Extensions of Remarks - May 11, 2010)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E806] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] IN HONOR AND RECOGNITION OF VETERANS OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE, (VBOB) OHIO NORTH COAST CHAPTER XXXVI ______ HON. DENNIS J. KUCINICH of ohio in the house of representatives Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Mr. KUCINICH. Madam Speaker, I rise today in honor and recognition of Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, (VBOB) Ohio North Coast Chapter XXXVI. Their individual and collective courage, sacrifice and service on behalf of our nation will be forever remembered. The Battle of the Bulge was the largest land battle of World War II and one of the deadliest battles in American history. By the end of the battle, nearly 20,000 American soldiers were dead and more than 80,000 were wounded. The German surprise attack on American troops began on December 16, 1944 in the snow-covered Ardennes Mountains of Belgium and Luxembourg. It ended with an Allied victory. This courageous stand by American troops proved to be a major turning point in the war; it contributed to the defeat of the Nazis and the liberation of Europe. The VBOB Chapter XXXVI was chartered on July 16, 1994. Forever connected by their shared experience, Veterans from throughout northern Ohio gathered to meet on a regular basis. Though the Chapter is now disbanding, its members were active. They held annual commemoration dinners in honor of their friends who lost their lives and led the effort to construct a memorial in honor of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. That monument, located in The Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio, was dedicated on June 6th, 2002. Madam Speaker and Colleagues, please join me in honor of and gratitude to the soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation. I also stand in honor of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, the Ohio North Coast Chapter XXXVl. The heart and grit that each young soldier exhibited in the midst of that battle will be honored forever. ____________________