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  • Recognizing Honor Flight Northern Colorado

    by Senator Cory Gardner

    Posted on 2013-02-14

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    GARDNER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. GARDNER. Madam Speaker, I rise on the occasion of Honor Flight Northern Colorado's ninth flight to Washington, D.C., bringing veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam to see their memorials. On behalf of a grateful delegation, State, and country, I welcome these heroes.



    The 122 veterans on this flight included 37 from World War II, 80 from the Korea conflict, four from the Vietnam war, and one from the war in Iraq. Eight of these veterans wear the Purple Heart.

    The Honor Flight program was founded in 2005. It provides veterans with the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C., free of any cost to them or their families to see the memorials that were built in their honor. The program, originally intended to honor World War II veterans, has developed to include veterans from several major conflicts.

    Today we honor those veterans as they make the journey to Washington to visit the memorials that serve as a symbol of a grateful Nation. Of course, no memorial, no statue can ever truly convey the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country. Much has been asked of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and Coast Guardsmen; and time and time again they have delivered.

    The freedoms endowed upon us by our Creator, protected by our Constitution, and enjoyed by all Americans must never be taken for granted. Today, we honor those who have sacrificed to secure the blessings of liberty for generations of Americans. Please join me in thanking these patriots.

    Madam Speaker, I rise on the occasion of Honor Flight Northern Colorado's ninth flight to Washington, DC bringing veterans of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam to see their memorials. On behalf of a grateful delegation, State, and country, I welcome these heroes.

    The 122 veterans on this flight include 37 from World War II, 80 from the Korea conflict, 4 from the Vietnam War, and one from the War in Iraq. Eight of these veterans wear the Purple Heart. The Honor Flight program was founded in 2005. It provides veterans with the opportunity to visit Washington, DC free of any cost to them or their families to see the memorials that were built in their honor. The program, originally intended to honor WWII veterans, has developed to include veterans from several major conflicts. Today we honor those veterans as they make the journey to Washington to visit the memorials that serve as symbols of a grateful Nation.

    Of course no memorial, no statue can ever truly convey the sacrifices our veterans have made for our country. Much has been asked of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, and time and time again, they have delivered. The freedoms endowed upon us by our Creator, protected by our Constitution, and enjoyed by all Americans must never be taken for granted. Today we honor those who have sacrificed to secure the blessings of liberty for generations of Americans.

    Please join me in thanking Willard Bauer, Robert Bell, Edward Coleman, Floyd Ewing, Albert Fairweather, Marvin Fowler, Elwyn Frazier, Robert Fulton, William Garcia, Edward Glover, Herold Hettinger, Raymond Holiday, Buford Johnson, William Kammlade, Donald Lawless, Russell Maxwell, Dale Norwood, Philip Owen, Paul Painter, George Parker, Theodore Pratt, Kenneth Robb, Henry Redd, Harley Rouze, Harold Scatterday, Dean Severin, Leonie Shannon, Keith Simons, Jacob Stieb Jr., Howard Teague, Margaret Thompson, Charles Vogel, Thomas Weathers, Victor Weidmann, John Williams, Milo Whitcomb, Quentin Younglund, Bobby Andersen, Emmett Archuletta, Donald Armagost, Robert Arnbrecht, Gary Beverlin, Stanley Black, Ronald Brasseur, Earl Buckendorf, Robert Buttner, Donald Campbell, Clarence Carnes, Jerald Clark, Robert Clayton, Keith Coates, Kenneth Comin, Victor Crenshaw, Dean Daggett, Lester Edgett, Arno Engele, Roy Erickson, William Erickson, Bernard Erthal, Donald Fenske, Donald Fickenscher, Russell Foster, Franklin Fronek, Porfelio Garbiso, Carl Goeglein, Wiliam Goble, Delbert Gorsline, George Gray, Kenneth Hoff, Robert Hull, Robert Jones Jr., George Knaub, Arthur Kober, John Leach, Roger London, Willard Loose, Joseph Lopez, Arthur Lukemire, Charles Mahoney, Eathon Marr, Vernon Marston, Robert Martin, George Maxey, Loren Maxey, Albert Melcher, Gordon Michel, Kenneth Miller, Raymond Miller, Stuart Miller, Ralph Nuss, James Othrow, Theodore Pearson, Robert Phillips, Franklin Pino, Julius Racette, Dean Rydholm, Delmar Scholfield, Carlos Scott, Stanley Shafer, Emil Shireman, Hubert Shumaker, Norris Slechta, Jack Snyder, John Stieb, Dale Stinton, Donald Svedman, James Theobald, Gem n Terrell, Wiliam Thill, Paul Van Driel, James Vincent, Paul Vohs, Leroy Waag, LaVerne Walls, Warren Ward, Duane West, David Young, Leonard Beutelspacher, John Gruver, Gaylord Mekelburg, Cloyd Rael, Marshall Spring, Charles Adams, and any participants whose names were not available at the time of this statement.

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