Darren Soto Wants January 6th to be Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day

A month after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, resulting in five deaths including that of a police officer, U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Fla., said he planned to bring out a resolution making January 6th “Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day.”

Soto talked about his plans for the resolution on Monday.

“On January 6, 2021, at the direction of the former president, hundreds of insurgents breached Capitol grounds in an attempt to overthrow a free and fair election,” said Soto. “In doing so, the domestic terrorists sought not only to betray their country by disrupting a 230 year legacy of a peaceful transition of power, but to destroy the American people’s trust in our democratic system. Their efforts to violently disrupt the constitutional duties of Congress resulted in five deaths, including Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who gave his last full measure of devotion to his country.

“Our resolution calls for Americans in every corner of our nation to remember the recent insurrection and commemorate the bravery of those who lost their lives and those who were injured in the line of duty. In recognizing this, we pledge to never forget the day democracy prevailed. As the Senate begins the impeachment trial this week, I hope our resolution will prove that the efforts of those who seek to destroy our core democratic values will never prevail over our legacy of unequivocal truth and perseverance. Designating January 6th as Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day is just one piece of our continued work to restore faith in democracy and heal our country,” continued Soto.

“Last month’s insurrection was one of the darkest days in modern American history. The resolution to recognize January 6th as ‘Capitol Insurrection Remembrance Day’ will underscore the historical significance of the day democracy survived,” Soto’s office noted.

Soto took to the House floor at the end of last week to “talk about my personal account like so many other members have, on the day of January 6th…in a poetic, artistic form with a poem, ‘A Bird’s Eye View to Insurrection” which can be read here.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

 

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