February 28, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 40 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
RECOGNIZING ROBERT MOORE AS CONSTITUENT OF THE MONTH; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 40
(Extensions of Remarks - February 28, 2020)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E235] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING ROBERT MOORE AS CONSTITUENT OF THE MONTH _____ HON. MIKE LEVIN of california in the house of representatives Friday, February 28, 2020 Mr. LEVIN of California. Madam Speaker, it is my honor to recognize a local veteran from my district, Robert ``Bob'' Moore, as my February Constituent of the Month. February is Black History Month, and it is only fitting to recognize Moore's patriotism and perseverance in celebration. Robert Moore is one of the nation's first black men to serve in the Marine Corps and last surviving Montford Point Marine. During a time of extreme division, Robert Moore knew he had a calling to serve. As one of the nation's first black men to join the Marine Corps, he trained in all-white segregated base camps. Not only did he face racism and discrimination during his training, but he and the other black Marines also struggled with a lack of opportunity and ignorance towards their war-heroism. Yet he persisted, and in 2011 at the request of then-Marine Commandant James F. Amos, President Barack Obama authorized the award of the Congressional Gold Medal to all Montford Point Marines, including Robert Moore. I launched a Constituent of the Month program to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond to make our region and our country a stronger place for everyone to live and thrive. Moore is an exemplary model of perseverance, courage and honor. I thank him for being an esteemed resident of California's 49th district, and I am honored to represent him. ____________________