Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 05.25.12
This week we honor and remember those who lost their lives while defending our freedom. In this country we have traditionally honored integrity, honor, individual ingenuity, and willing self-sacrifice. Those who serve in the military embody these principles and spirit of American patriotism. They know what it is to sacrifice, to serve with honor and integrity, and their ingenuity and fighting spirit have preserved our freedom and made the world safer for democratic republican forms of government.
Throughout our history our nation has seen many wars and conflicts. Today, we are at a point in time when, sadly, we are rapidly losing those who courageously served our nation in WWII. Just this last week, we lost WWII vet and former Ninth District Congressman William C. Wampler Sr., a man whose sense of humor and keen intellect will be missed. We must never forget, nor fail to honor, the immeasurable value of the sacrifice of men and women like Bill Wampler. We must be resolved to preserve our liberty at home - the institutions, culture, and virtues of free persons - that our men and women in uniform fight for abroad.
Too often, many have taken for granted the freedoms we hold so dear. Generations of men and women have fought with great valor to preserve and protect these freedoms. We will be forever indebted to those who have served and to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this nation.
I salute and support the residents of the Ninth District who organize Memorial Day celebrations to pay tribute to the great men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our country. As we reflect on the sacrifices of our military, we must also remember our troops who continue to serve and their families. Many Southwest Virginians are currently serving and they must not be forgotten.
As you all may remember from John 15:13, "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” To all those who have shown this great love – for their brothers in arms, for the liberty we cherish, and for the country they served – thank you. My prayers remain with our troops and their families. May they always know their nation will forever be indebted to them. May God bless them, keep them safe, and may God continue to bless these United States of America.
As always, if you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my offices. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov.