HONOR FLIGHT OF CENTRAL OREGON; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 69
(Extensions of Remarks - April 29, 2019)

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                     HONOR FLIGHT OF CENTRAL OREGON

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                            HON. GREG WALDEN

                               of oregon

                    in the house of representatives

                         Monday, April 29, 2019

  Mr. WALDEN. Madam Speaker, I rise to recognize the one World War II 
veteran and twenty-four Korean War veterans from Oregon who are 
visiting their memorials on the National Mall on Thursday, May 2, 2019, 
through Honor Flight of Central Oregon. Every time I have the chance to 
meet one of these heroes, I am reminded of the poignant words of 
General Dwight D. Eisenhower. In a message to Allied troops just before 
D-Day, he said, ``The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and 
prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.''
  He was right then, of course, Madam Speaker. But over seventy years 
later, liberty-loving people everywhere continue to owe these heroes 
for their extraordinary service and their incredible stories of 
sacrifice and bravery on behalf of our country. That's why it is my 
privilege to enter their names into the Congressional Record today.
  The veterans on this Honor Flight from Oregon are as follows: Norman 
Coffelt, Army; Charles Cole, Navy; Stanley Cunningham, Navy; Ralph 
Emerson, Jr., Army National Guard; Leonard Glenn, Jr., Navy; Robert 
Gordon, Air Force; Dean Griffin, Air Force; Robert Hall, Army; Emmitt 
Hussey, Navy; Glenn Hutchinson, Jr., Navy; Raymond Kjolso, Navy; Melvin 
Lemmon, Air Force; Harold Marken, Army; Joe Martin, Air Force; Ronald 
Miller, Navy; Rolf Moller, Coast Guard; Philip Murphy, Army; Barbara 
Murphy, Army; Vernon Nance, Navy; Richard Reeve, Army; Kenneth Stevens, 
Army; Gene Todd, Air Force; Donald Van Cleve, Jr., Marine Corp; James 
Walker, Navy; and Ervin Wesenberg, Navy.
  These twenty-five heroes join over 200,000 veterans who have been 
honored through the Honor Flight Network of volunteers nationwide since 
2005.
  I would also like to recognize the eight guardians traveling on this 
trip who have also served our country: Gregory Cole, Navy; Clinton 
McAuliffe, Jr., Navy; Aidan McGowan, Army National Guard; Kelly Nance, 
Army; Dane Prevatt, Marine Corp; Vaughn Robinson, Army National Guard; 
Colben Sime, Jr., Marine Corp; and Darrell Walz, Army.
  Madam Speaker, at the height of the Civil War in 1863, President 
Abraham Lincoln wrote, ``Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, 
who bravely bears his country's cause.'' Each of us in this chamber and 
in this nation should be humbled by the courage of these brave veterans 
who put themselves in harm's way for our country and way of life. As a 
nation, we can never fully repay the debt of gratitude owed to them for 
their honor, commitment, and sacrifice in defense of the freedoms we 
have today.
  My colleagues, please join me in thanking these veterans and the 
volunteers of Honor Flight of Central Oregon for their exemplary 
dedication and service to this great country.

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