By Sen. Ted Stevens
May 28, 2006
This week, nine of my comrades from the 322nd Troop Carrier Squadron
visited Washington, DC. Our squad supported the Flying Tigers
during World War II in the China-Burma-India Theater. My comrades
were in town for the 14th Air Force Association's commemoration
of Memorial Day. President Bush was gracious enough to welcome
us at the White House on Thursday morning. Standing in the Oval
Office alongside the men I once fought beside is an experience
I shall not soon forget.
322nd Troop Carrier
Squadron's visit to the White House
After our visit to the White House, we returned to my office
in the Capitol, where we could see the preparations underway
for the Memorial Day ceremony that will be held on the Capitol
grounds. The Capitol ceremony is one of the largest public celebrations
each year, and this weekend those who have worn the uniform and
paid the ultimate price will be honored there - and at thousands
of events, large and small, across our nation.
Having spent time with my comrades, my thoughts turned back to
a time 60 years ago when I was in uniform. Our squadron had
a motto: We do the impossible immediately, miracles take slightly
longer. Today, our men and women in uniform are fighting for
freedom in places around the world. They perform miracles every
day. They truly are the new 'Greatest Generation,' and as a
member of the last generation to carry that title, I salute them.
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