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Congressman Lloyd Smucker

Representing the 16th District of Pennsylvania

Smucker: Honor Those Who Gave “Last Full Measure of Devotion”

May 23, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16), in a speech today on the House floor, paid tribute to American soldiers who gave what Abraham Lincoln called the “last full measure of devotion.”

As Memorial Day approaches, Rep. Smucker said:

“I rise today to honor and remember those who fought and died for our freedom, to thank the brave men and women who today defend our freedom, and to recognize the sacrifice of their families.”

Rep. Smucker’s full remarks are below.

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“Thank you, Mr. Speaker

“I rise today to honor and remember those who fought and died for our freedom, to thank the brave men and women who today defend our freedom, and to recognize the sacrifice of their families.

“Pennsylvania has produced some of the greatest examples of valor and bravery the world has ever seen.

“It is home to pivotal moments in American history like Gettysburg, Valley Forge, and the Battle of Lake Erie.

“Pennsylvania’s sons have stormed the beaches of Normandy. They’ve liberated the oppressed from fascism and communism. And they’ve sought out terror in the depths of Afghanistan and Iraq in order to protect our way of life.

“Memorial Day is coming up this weekend. We will all enjoy time with our families and friends.

“But we must always remember that is only possible because of the brave men and women who gave what Abraham Lincoln called the “last full measure of devotion,” and those who protect us today.

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, I yield back.”

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