(House of Representatives - May 23, 2013)

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                              MEMORIAL DAY

  (Ms. JACKSON LEE asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
  Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Speaker, as we leave here today, many of us will 
anxiously return to our constituency to be able to celebrate and pay 
tribute to soldiers, those who have fallen, and of course those who are 
now veterans.
  As I look out--and will look out--into the vast audience at the 
Houston veterans cemetery, I can tell you that I will see an array of 
America; families who have come to say thank you to the fallen. Those 
who have no relatives at that particular site are just being Americans. 
And as we, as Members of Congress, are sent to the podium to say thank 
you and to talk about the work we have done, the beautiful sunshine 
will shine on those faces, and we will feel that America is a country 
that really understands the love and affection for our soldiers and 
those who are on the battlefield.
  I want to thank the city of Jacinto City, which will be placing flags 
to honor our soldiers. And I want to thank the community of Heights, 
where I will go later and place flags at the World War II memorial and 
draw the community together.
  It is a day when we bond together as Americans because we are not of 
any party, of any region, of any political persuasion. We are simply 
Americans saying thank you to the soldiers, God bless you to America. 
For those who have fallen, we will never, never forget you, never any 
day of our lives.