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Rep. Taylor, GWOT Veterans Take Bipartisan Run on National Mall

Raise Awareness for the Global War on Terrorism Memorial

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Washington, November 20, 2019 | Anna McCormack ((202) 570-0927) | comments
Before sunrise on Tuesday, Congressman Van Taylor and a bipartisan group of lawmakers who served in the War on Terror took a sunrise run on the National Mall to raise awareness for the Global War on Terrorism Memorial.
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WASHINGTON - Before sunrise on Tuesday, Congressman Van Taylor and a bipartisan group of lawmakers who served in the War on Terror took a sunrise run on the National Mall to raise awareness for the Global War on Terrorism Memorial.

The run follows the introduction of legislation, H.R. 5046, the GWOT Memorial Location Act, last week. The bill, which has bipartisan support from thirty-three Members of Congress, would authorize the establishment of a memorial for veterans of the Global War on Terrorism on the National Mall.

Tuesday morning's run took the group past the three sites proposed for the memorial in this bill including Constitution Gardens, West Potomac Park, and the JFK Hockey Fields.

Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX), a veteran of the Iraq War, said, "I will never forget watching the Pentagon burn from across the Potomac River on September 11, 2001. While we all remember that fateful day, at times, Americans lose sight of the incredible sacrifices made by those who have and are currently serving in the War on Terror." He went on, "While in the Marines, I had the privilege of standing shoulder to shoulder with so many of these courageous men and women - some of whom lost their lives defending democracy. By recognizing these heroes on the National Mall we can ensure their sacrifice is never forgotten."

The For Country Caucus, a bipartisan group of veterans of which Taylor is a member, also unanimously endorsed the bill.

"As a veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, I am honored to commemorate my brothers and sisters in arms who have served in this conflict. This bipartisan legislation demonstrates our nation’s veneration for those who defend our democracy, and the sacrifice endured by their loved ones," said Congressman Panetta, founder and chair of the For Country Caucus and veteran of the U.S. Navy.

A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. On November 6, 2018, Van Taylor was elected to represent Texas’ 3rd Congressional District in the United States Congress.
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