Victims' Rights Caucus

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Mr. Speaker,
From this day to the ending of the world, we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he today that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.

 Shakespeare penned that quote in Henry V. It represents the unfailing commitment a soldier has to his fellow warriors.

 Since 2004, 26 men and women from the Second Congressional District Area of Texas have served honorably and given their lives for the cause of freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 Every time a brave soldier from my area lays down their life for this country. I come down here and I talk about their lives and the legacy theyve left behind.

 This Memorial Day Id like to honor them once again by name, rank, and hometown. They arent just another statistic, Madame Speaker.

 They are the sons and daughters of America. They are our heroes.

 In America's first war fighting for freedom it was said by Patrick Henry, the great orator, "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active and to the brave." We are fortunate that those words still ring true today and that American soldiers overseas carry those values into battle.

 The noble few who have died for the rest of us are:

 Russell Slay, a Staff Sgt in the US Marine Corps, from Humble, TX, killed on November 19, 2004 at the age of 28.

 Wesley J. Canning, a Lance Corporal in the US Marine Corps, from Friendswood, TX, killed on November 20, 2004 at the age of 21.

 Fred Lee Maciel, a Lance Corporal in the US Marine Corps, from Spring, TX, killed on January 26, 2005 at the age of 20.

 Wesley R. Riggs, a PFC in the US Army, from Beach City, TX, killed on May 14, 2005 at the age of 19.

 William B. Meeuwsen, a Sergeant in the US Army, from Kingwood, TX, killed on November 23, 2005 at the age of 24.

 Robert A. Martinez, a Lance Corporal in the US Marine Corps, from Cleveland, TX, killed on December 1, 2005 at the age of 20.

 Jerry Michael Durbin, a Staff Sgt in the US Army, from Spring, TX, killed on January 26, 2006 at the age of 26.

 Walter M. Moss Jr., a Tech. Sgt in the US Air Force, from Houston, TX, killed on March 30, 2006 at the age of 27.

 Kristian Menchaca, a PFC in the US Army, from Houston, TX, killed on June 16, 2006 at the age of 23.

 Benjamin D. Williams, a Staff Sgt in the US Army, from Orange, TX, killed on June 20, 2006 at the age of 30.

 Ryan A. Miller, a Lance Corporal in the US Marine Corps, from Pearland, TX, killed on September 14, 2006 at the age of 19.

 Edward Reynolds, Jr., a Staff Sgt in the US Army, from Groves, TX,  killed on September 26, 2006 at the age of 27.

 West Point Graduate Michael Fraser, a Captain in the US Army, from Houston, TX, killed on November 26, 2006 at the age of 25.

 Luke Yepsen, a Lance Corporal in the US Marine Corps, from Kingwood, TX, killed on December 14, 2006 at the age of 20.

 Dustin R. Donica, a Specialist in the US Army, from Spring, TX, killed on December 28, 2006 at the age of 22.

 Ryan R. Berg, a Specialist in the US Army, from Sabine Pass, TX, killed on January 9, 2007 at the age of 19.

 Terrance D. Dunn, a Staff Sgt in the US Army, from Houston, TX, killed on