On Tuesday, 2nd District of Georgia Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. 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 Williamsâ|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 emulatedâ"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]."