On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., led a bipartisan group of congressional representatives and veterans in cleaning and landscaping efforts to preserve the Korean War Veterans Memorial.
“More than 54,000 American soldiers lost their lives during the Korean War. The memorial features 19 stainless steel statues, including members from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as a mural wall, a United Nations wall and a Pool of Remembrance, which has inscriptions listing the number of soldiers killed, wounded, missing in action and held as prisoners during the Korean War,” Waltz’s office noted.
“As we head back to our districts to spend time with our constituents and reflect on our blessings during Thanksgiving, I’m grateful to join my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to pay tribute to our veterans,” Waltz, the first Green Beret to serve in Congress, said. “The Korean War Veterans Memorial remembers nearly 5.8 million Americans who served in the Korean War. At such a divisive time in Washington, it’s important to set aside partisanship and reflect on their sacrifices for freedom.”
Other congressional representatives who helped Waltz include Democrat U.S. Reps. Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania and Jimmy Panetta of California and Republican U.S. Reps. Ralph Abraham of Louisiana, Mike Bost of Illinois, Denver Riggleman of Virginia and Van Taylor of Texas.
Waltz was first elected to Congress last year and serves on the U.S. House Armed Services Committee.