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Ross Statement on the Lakeland World War II Memorial Dedication

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WASHINGTON , December 5, 2014 | Monica Rodriguez (202-503-8755) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. --U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip and member of the House Committee on Financial Services today released the following statement as phase one of the World War II Memorial Plaza is being dedicated in Veterans Park located in Lakeland, Florida.

“Today’s dedication ceremony is very special to our community, our community service members and those who served throughout America. Phase one of the World War II Memorial unveils the Pearl Harbor is honorably being dedicated on the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7th, 1941. It is fitting that the first portion of the memorial to be placed will honor the casualties of Pearl Harbor.

“December 7, 1941, is still a day that lives in infamy. The War in the Pacific was a hard-fought, slow, and deadly campaign that tested the very resolve of the American military. And yet, through the valor and heroism of our service men and women, we were victorious.

“My own father served in the Navy in the Pacific theater, and the stories he told me growing up made me appreciate not only his patriotism and courage, but that of his brothers in arms. I am thankful that these brave heroes will be honored in Lakeland this weekend for their courage and sacrifice during one of the most important military campaigns in our nation’s history”

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