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D.C. Service and Sacrifice Gratitude Memorial Reception Act

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This is long overdue....


Washington, DC- At the July 10 D.C. City Council legislative hearing, Ward 5 Councilmember Harry "Tommy" Thomas introduced legislation authorizing the Mayor and Council to host a reception and dedicate a memorial recognizing Washington, D.C. residents who, despite not having full representation in our federal government, sacrificed their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan or Iraq. The memorial will be permanently displayed in the John A. Wilson Building.


The legislation, The Washington, D.C. Service and Sacrifice Gratitude Memorial Reception Act of 2007, calls for the Mayor and the Council to host the reception and dedication ceremony on May 30, 2008. Immediate family members of the fallen soldiers will be invited to the event, the legislation states.


Those who have died serving our nation are part of us--they are our children, our brothers, our sisters, our mothers, our fathers, our friends, our neighbors, said Councilmember Thomas. As a city, it is appropriate that we acknowledge and honor our residents who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan or Iraq.

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