WASHINGTON – Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., is waving the flag and getting ready for Memorial Day on Monday.
On Sunday, he will speak at Riverside’s Memorial Park in Jacksonville where he will dedicate two bronze eagles, and on the next day, he will address attendees at ceremonies at Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Wall and the National Cemetery.
Crenshaw said yesterday “Memorial Day marks a solemn time when we honor our nation’s patriots – the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom and those who fight for our liberty around the globe today. Each deserves to stand front and center in our thoughts.”
Crenshaw, from Jacksonville, is a strong supporter of military activities in Florida, especially the Navy. Two Naval large stations are in the Jacksonville area – Jacksonville NAS and Mayport NS, and May port is scheduled to get a nuclear aircraft carrier in three years. The ships will come from NAS Norfolk. Even though the Pentagon and President Obama have said they want to decentralize the move, the Virginia delegation is fighting hard to keep the vessels in Virginia.
Barbara Riley, Crenshaw’s Communications Director, said
No one knows yet which nuclear carrier now stationed in Norfolk has been earmarked for removal to Mayport Naval Station in Florida.
“No. We won’t know until about 36 months before a move.”
Crenshaw said he will be visiting France in June.
“During my upcoming June visit to Normandy, I will pay my respects to the thousands of Americans soldiers buried on distant shores.” That will be on June 6.
He added, “Riverside’s Memorial Park remains my neighborhood park as it was in my youth, and I take comfort that this beautiful place exists in honor of 1,200 Florida men who perished in World War I.”
Crenshaw explained, “The two bronze eagles that I will dedicate capture the nobility of the veterans who passed in the Great War. They serve as a fitting addition to Adrian Pillars’ Bronze ‘Life’ statue that has graced the grounds since 1924.”
H added, “My Memorial Day tributes will continue on Monday at Jacksonville’s Veterans Wall and National Cemetery. Through wars and battles, these men and women put their own needs aside and stood strong so our country can know freedom. Behind every name on the wall, beneath each gravestone at the cemetery lays a story and a life that must never be forgotten.”
Crenshaw represents Florida’s Fourth Congressional District in the House. Currently in his sixth term representing a district that stretches from Jacksonville to Tallahassee, Crenshaw is a member of the House Appropriations Committee. He has not served in the military.
“As a former member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee, I oversaw the American Battles Monuments Commission which has recently completed reconstruction work on the cliff at Pointe Du Hoc, between Omaha and Utah beaches.
“A new visitor center at the site of the World War II Ranger Monument is positioned on the cliff eight miles west of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial and will be dedicated. Brave and steely American soldiers lost their lives in this place of renowned history. My pride at being able to help preserve such an important piece of American history on the shore of France runs deep.