(Extensions of Remarks - December 04, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1875]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]



                        HON. FREDERICA S. WILSON

                               of florida

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  Ms. WILSON of Florida. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and 
honor our veterans.
  There are no words that can express the gratitude that the American 
people owe all of the men and women who choose to serve the United 
States of America in the armed services. We are all humbled by the 
sacrifice they make--knowingly putting themselves in harm's way while 
also leaving loved ones behind. This commitment is the mark of 
America's finest citizens and those who answer to a higher calling. 
Allow me to honor, from the United States Marine Corps:
  Edgar Harris, Tony Colmenares, Willie James Ferguson, Leroy McKenzie, 
Clifford Farrell, Jr., Peter Almeida, Jr., Joyuanki Victore, Christian 
Zegarra, Felix Garcia, Oscar Sola Vega, Phil Davis, Eddy J. Fonseca, 
Charles V. Manno, Edward Haynes, Larry Gilbert Jones, Ewin Vasco, 
Alexander Cruz, Philip Henry, Brent W. Quinones, Candyce Haynes, 
Christina Watson, Tracy Noel, Jamal Jenkins, Bentley Broussard, 
Jonathan M. Fuller, Javier A. Herbello, Kelvin J. Cox Jr., Kenneth del 
Mazo, Scott Schmidt, Richard Miller, Shane Suzuki, Jose ``Pepe'' Diaz, 
Rudolph Felton, Roberto Morejon, Widmayer Boucard, David Scott, Artice 
Shine, Jeffrey Paris, Jose Morla, Philip White, Darrell Morgan, Wesley 
Frazier, Johnnie Nesmith, Gary Gene Lipsomb, II, Joseph L. Cook, Jose 
Rojas, Manuel V. Ferrer, Walnex Philor, Leon Parker, Lonnie Lawrence, 
Gary Bryant, William Dozier, Peter Almeida, Jr., Patrick L. Purdy, 
William Draper, Milton Qaadir, Jim Gates Jr., Ed Moore, James Moore, 
William Parros, John L. Raineri, Jacob B. Butz, Luis Alvarez, Justin 
Cook, Luis Rivera, Ivens R. RestoSalgado, Eddy J. Fonseca Jr., Jonathan 
A. Salcedo, Ismael R. Lopez, Matthew D. Younger, Jaime M. Varillas, 
Carlos Santiago, Matthew J. Drumsta, John R. Hirnyk, Steven S. 
Vonsoosten, Eliezer Olea;
  Finally, it is not our tanks, weapons or machinery that make the 
United States Armed Forces the best military in the world. It is our 
young men and women who serve professionally with honor and 
distinction. If not for these exemplary citizens, freedom and the 
American way of life would not be safe arid secure. For these 
sacrifices, we respect and should commend their service everyday of the 
year. Congress has designated, November 11th 2012 as the official day 
showing our gratitude.
  Please join me in honoring these American heroes for their bravery 
and sacrifice in defense of this great nation.