Posted on May 25, 2012
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today issued the following statement in commemoration of Memorial Day:
“As we celebrate Memorial Day with parades and barbecues, I am reminded of how much we owe the men and women who have given their lives in service of our country, and I am mindful of the thousands of Tennesseans who continue to serve—many who have been deployed into Iraq and Afghanistan, are flying C-5 missions, conducting airfield operations, installing fiber-optic communications, or have been wounded in harm’s way. In this country, all who serve are volunteers and we are grateful to them, inspired by their courage, and humbled by the enormous sacrifices they and their families make for our freedom and safety."
Recently, in a speech delivered on the floor of the senate (Video HERE), Alexander praised the heroism of one such Tennessean: 91-year-old Memphis resident Wilbur “Bill” Hoffman, who last month received a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in the Army for 24 years, including his service as a Ranger at Pointe du Hoc in Normandy on D-Day. Hoffman had initially refused the Purple Heart during World War II because he felt his wounds didn’t measure up to those others had suffered.
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