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Flores Lays Wreath at the Suresnes Gravesite of Texas Veteran of World War I

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SURESNES, FRANCE , November 12, 2018 | Andre Castro (202-225-6105) | comments

With the world reflecting on the Centennial of the Armistice which ended World War I, U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) participated in a memorial and wreath-laying ceremony at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial to honor a fallen Texan who lost his life in “The Great War.”

Flores laid the wreath at the gravesite of Private Pete Reedy, who volunteered to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps and was part of the 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division during World War I. The motto of his regiment reads “Keep Moving!” Private Reedy enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on 11 December 1917, and died on 22 July 1918 at the age of 27.

“It was an honor to be a part of the centennial services in remembrance of the Armistice of World War I at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial. Over 1,500 Americans are memorialized here for paying the ultimate sacrifice for our nation and the world. I was humbled to have the opportunity to pay my respects to a fellow Texan, U.S. Marine Corps Private Pete Reedy. Visiting this memorial is a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of all generations. We owe a debt of gratitude for the courageous and selfless actions of all our military men and women who defend our great nation,” Flores said.

Flores was joined at the ceremony by other members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Congressional delegation was in Paris this past weekend participating in the 34th Annual Transatlantic Capital to Capital Exchange. Also participating in Saturday’s ceremony were former U.S. Representatives Dave Camp (R-MI) and Connie Morella (R-MD). Camp serves as the Chairman of the Franklin Center and is the former Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Morella serves as the Chairwoman Emeritus of the Franklin Center and is the former Ambassador to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development from 2003-2007. She also served on the American Battle Monuments Commission, which was created by Congress in 1923 and is the guardian of America’s overseas commemorative memorials and cemeteries.

Located just outside of Paris, Suresnes is one of the American Battle Monuments Commission cemeteries. Over 1,500 American Service Members and volunteers who lost their lives in World War I are interred at the cemetery along with 24 unknown dead from World War II. Bronze tablets on the walls of the chapel record the names of 974 soldiers missing in action. Originally serving as a temporary cemetery for the American Hospital of Paris toward the end of World War I, General Pershing selected it as the first of nine permanent American Cemetery sites.

The ceremony and wreath-laying at Suresnes coincides with other events held in France and throughout Europe to mark the centennial of the end of World War I, including President Trump’s visit to Paris to participate in similar activities.

                    

Congressman Flores lays a wreath at the gravesite of U.S. Marine Corps Private Pete Reedy at the Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial.


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