OCTOBER 20, 2015 EASTERN IOWA HONOR FLIGHT; Congressional Record Vol. 161, No. 153
(Extensions of Remarks - October 20, 2015)

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               OCTOBER 20, 2015 EASTERN IOWA HONOR FLIGHT

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                          HON. DAVID LOEBSACK

                                of iowa

                    in the house of representatives

                       Tuesday, October 20, 2015

  Mr. LOEBSACK. Mr. Speaker, today, over eighty Iowa veterans of World 
War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War will travel to our nation's 
capital. Together, they will visit the monuments that were built in 
their honor by a grateful nation.
   For many, today will be the first time they will see the National 
World War II Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam 
War Memorial, and Arlington National Cemetery. I can think of no 
greater honor than to be able to thank Iowa's and our nation's heroes 
for their service to our country.
   We owe these heroes a debt of gratitude, and the Honor Flight 
demonstrates that we as a state and as a country will never forget the 
debt we owe those who have worn our nation's uniform. As a reminder of 
the service and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation, I am proud to 
have a piece of marble in my office from the quarry that was used to 
build the World War II Memorial. Our World War II, Korean War, and 
Vietnam War veterans rose to defend not just our nation, but the 
freedoms, democracy, and values that make our country the greatest 
nation on earth. They did so as one people and one country. Their 
sacrifices and determination in the face of great threats to our way of 
life are both humbling and inspiring.
   I am tremendously proud to welcome the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight and 
Iowa's veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War to 
our nation's capital today. On behalf of every Iowan I represent, I 
thank them for their service to our country.

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