(House of Representatives - April 25, 2013)

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  (Mr. DAINES asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 
minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. DAINES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 86 Montana 
World War II veterans who recently made their way to Washington, D.C., 
as part of the Big Sky Honor Flight. I'm so proud that the Honor Flight 
program exists, and I'm deeply thankful to all the volunteers that made 
this possible.
  As the son of a U.S. Marine, I have a deep appreciation for the 
sacrifices our veterans have made in service to our Nation. But I was 
struck by something that one of our Montana World War II vets said 
while sitting before the World War II monument just this past Monday. 
He said this: ``At the end of my life, I look around this memorial and 
I see the power of this Nation.''
  It's true. The monuments that line our National Mall do remind us of 
the strength and perseverance of the United States.
  But, Mr. Speaker, I look at our veterans and our servicemembers, from 
the members of the Greatest Generation to the men and women serving our 
Nation today, and in them I see the power of this Nation, founded in a 
commitment to freedom and an unwavering dedication to service.