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IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG
(House of Representatives - June 27, 2013)

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  IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG

  The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from 
Pennsylvania (Mr. Perry) for 5 minutes.
  Mr. PERRY. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.
  I speak today of the forthcoming sesquicentennial recognizing three 
bloody days that will forever remain emblazoned on our hearts. The 
battle of Gettysburg was a pivotal turning point in the American Civil 
War, one of the single most defining moments in American history and 
one that united the Nation and restored peace and prosperity to our 
great land.
  Therefore, be it known as we recollect and observe the horrific and 
critical events that took place in July 1863 that the memory of these 
brave souls who sacrificed their lives is kept alive through the 
tireless efforts of the National Park Service and the work of countless 
organizations.
  The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War, Allied Orders of the 
Grand Army of the Republic, the Military Order of the Loyal Legions of 
the United States, along with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, United 
Daughters of the Confederacy and other Confederate heritage 
organizations honor all of the brave warriors lost on the fields of 
Gettysburg. These organizations work together tirelessly to preserve 
the hallowed ground upon which these Americans--our brothers and 
sisters--fought, bled, and perished.
  For as long as there is breath in our chests and light in our eyes, 
we the people of these United States shall keep alive the memory of our 
ancestors and maintain the peace paid for with their sacrifice during 
the merciless 4 years of our Nation's history.

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