WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) was honored by the United States Marine Corps at an evening Sunset Parade at the Iwo Jima Memorial and preceding ceremony at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Congressman Bishop was chosen to be honored for his steadfast dedication to the Marine Corps; his unwavering support of the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany; his work as Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies; his advocacy for military families through his co-chairing and co-founding the Congressional Military Family Caucus; and his work through a number of related Congressional caucuses like the House Army Caucus and the Congressional USO Caucus.
In his remarks to the attendees at the ceremony, Congressman Bishop observed; “You know, just two weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the retirement ceremony of my good friend Lieutenant General Willie Williams…Really, there are many things that I can say about General Williams, but there is one larger fact that rings true for him and every Marine. When you get to know him, you also get to know the Marines Corps.”
Continued Bishop, “Every Marine carries with him the rich history of 237 years of honor through sacrifice for the defense of our great nation. From the shores of Tripoli, to the jungles of Okinawa, to the street of Fallujah, and the deserts of Helmand Province, the Marine’s commitment to that tradition of proud service is known far and wide as an example to be emulated—and as a strength to be reckoned with. The dignity and respect each Marine carries for his unit, his core values, and his nation are always unwavering, truly representative of the Corps’ motto, ‘Semper Fidelis’ [Always Faithful].”
In introduction of Congressman Bishop, Deputy Commandant of Marine Installations and Logistics Lieutenant General William Faulkner remarked, “Tonight it is his staunch support of Marines, Marine veterans, and their families that I wish to particularly comment on before I turn it over to the Congressman…Tonight’s guest of honor is an individual who values the role of the American military, of national security, and just how important it is to the way of life that we Americans enjoy.”
Concluded Bishop, “Today, under the shadow of the Iwo Jima Memorial, we will witness a fitting tribute to those who’s ‘uncommon valor was a common virtue.’ It’s days like today that I, as an American, couldn’t be more proud to serve the Marines of the Logistics Base Albany, and the Marines stationed around the world – as your Congressman from Southwest Georgia.”
Since September 1956, marching and musical units from Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., have been paying tribute to brave service members from past U.S. conflicts by presenting Sunset Parades in the shadow of the 32-foot high figures of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial.