Pence in Veterans Day Oped: We Will Remain Always Faithful
1st Lieutenant Greg Pence with two of his fellow Marines.
“We will Remain Always Faithful.”
By Congressman Greg Pence
Veterans Day 2019
“When I enlisted in 1979 as a young man, I wanted a challenge. I wanted to serve and to be a part of something bigger. I wanted to be in the company of heroes.
That is what led me to the United States Marine Corps. Like every Marine, I went to boot camp and took an oath to God, to Corps, and to country.
In 1983, we were ordered to Beirut, Lebanon as part of the multinational peacekeeping force during the Lebanese Civil War.
On October 23rd, an Iranian National affiliated with Hezbollah – a terror group founded, trained and financially supported by the Iranian regime – drove a truck bomb into the very barracks I called home, killing 241 American servicemembers, 220 of which were my fellow Marines.
It was the deadliest day for the Marine Corps since the battle of Iwo Jima.
Though I will never know exactly why I was spared when so many were not, I have never forgotten those American heroes.
Earlier this year, I joined with my colleague, Congressman Ruben Gallego, a fellow Marine from Arizona, in introducing H.R. 2790, Our Obligation to Recognize American Heroes Act.
Or, to put the bill in Marine terms, the OORAH Act.
This legislation would allow the Gold Star families who lost a loved one in the attack to execute on the $1.68 billion in Iranian funds currently held by a European-based firm.
My hope is that the OORAH Act will soon become law so that we can hold accountable the terrorists responsible – and those who funded them – for the murder of 241 patriots and provide a sliver of justice for the families they left behind.
As a Beirut Veteran, I understand that Our First Duty is to Remember.
On this Veterans Day, we remember. And, we will remain Always Faithful.
Read the full oped here.
Congressman Greg Pence represents Indiana’s 6th District. From Columbus, Indiana, Pence advocates for conservative Hoosier values as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.