Murphy, Tillis, Burr Introduce Resolution to Honor Victims of Global War on Terror

September 30, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03), alongside Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC), introduced a resolution to honor North Carolinians and other members of the Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice in the attack on the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 26, 2021. The resolution also formally recognizes all U.S. servicemembers who served our country in the Global War on Terror over the last 20 years.

The North Carolina legislators came together on this important legislative effort following the loss of 13 servicemembers in the August 26th attack, which included two distinguished North Carolinians: Marine Corps Sergeant Nicole L. Gee and Army Staff Sergeant Ryan C. Knauss.

“We are forever indebted to our veteran heroes and their loved ones who have sacrificed so much to preserve and defend the life and liberty of our great nation,” said Rep. Murphy. “I am blessed to represent tens of thousands of veterans in Eastern North Carolina, all of whom should be commended for their unwavering commitment to country. This resolution is the least we can do to honor our fallen heroes and carry out our commitment to never forgetting the lives and legacies of those servicemembers who never came home from war.”

“In the wake of unspeakable tragedy, I have been moved by the outpouring of love and support that I have seen not only in our district, but across the nation,” Murphy continued. “We must never forget the U.S. servicemembers who have fought so valiantly to protect the freedoms we hold most dear. I hope that this resolution will provide Congress and the American people with an opportunity to come together in celebration, remembrance, and deep respect for those who have served and given their live in service to the United States of America.”

“The tragic terrorist attack on U.S. servicemembers that took the lives of 13 men and women in uniform was the direct result of the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal of Afghanistan. The United States should never have put our servicemembers in harm’s way securing the Kabul airport while the Taliban overran the rest of the city left our men and women in uniform vulnerable and allowed terrorists to plan and execute an attack,” said Senator Tillis. “I am heartbroken for the families of the 13 servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice, including two who were serving out of North Carolina. I am honored to introduce this resolution with Senator Burr and Congressman Murphy to recognize these brave individuals, we will never forget their service and sacrifice on behalf of our nation.”

“I am heartbroken we lost 13 brave servicemen and women last month, including two stationed in North Carolina, in such a horrific and cowardly attack," said Senator Burr. "The men and women we lost made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and we owe it to them and to their families to honor and preserve their memory," the senator continued. "I’m proud to sponsor this resolution, which also honors all who’ve served our country in the Global War on Terror, and to represent so many of America’s brave men and women in uniform."

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