A Moment Of Silence Per Month In Honor Of The Dead And Injured
May 16, 2008
A law maker in North Carolina had made a proposal is looking for a way to send a clear signal to the military community, that the members of Congress are aware of their sacrifices. Representative Walter Jones, who himself has served in the North Carolina National Guard, has introduced a resolution calling for a change in House proceedures and he plans to take his cause directly to the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Jones is asking for the House of Representatives to have a moment of silence, one day each month in recognition of the Troops who have been wounded or killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
With all of the political grandstanding, when it comes to anything related to the wars, especially in Iraq, it’s often difficult for the Troops to really feel that anyone in Congress supports the Troops or that they recognize the sacrifices that they’re making. I often wonder if they’d much rather just see their names in print and hear their names on the news, than really put some thought into how their behavior affects all of their constituents, let alone our Troops. I, myself find it difficult to trust anything I hear come from a politicians mouth, because often they don’t back up their words with action. So this resolution really caught my attention. It’ll be interesting to see how it’s received by the rest of the House of Representatives.
“I don’t see how anyone could oppose this,” Jones said.
While Jones opposes our Troops being in Iraq, he still feels that our Troops deserve this honor. I respect his feelings about that, and while I might not share the same beliefs as him, it’s nice to see someone in Congress willing to stand up and recognize the sacrifices that have been made for our country.
“A moment of silence each month in the US House of Representatives to honor America’s service members who have been killed or wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan, would serve as a solem thank you from a grateful nation,” Jones said. “I believe this is a resolution that all members of the House can support and I am hopeful that the leadership of the House Rules Committee will move quickly in passing this resolution.”
Currently the House starts each day of their legislative sessions with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Congressional Record is filled almost daily with tributes to service members, often eulogies for those who have died, tributes to those who have retired after long periods of service or have significant accomplishments. It’s only fitting that the Congressional Record should also include a moment of silence in honor of the fallen and injured.