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Memorial Day Statement: Honor Our Heroes By Ending Afghan War

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Chip Forrester, Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, issued the following statement in commemoration of Memorial Day Weekend:

As we pay respects to those who have died in pursuit of preserving this great nation — from the Revolution to the Civil War and forward — let us honor these fallen soldiers and their heroic efforts to protect freedom by resolving to end the war in Afghanistan.

With the killing of Osama bin Laden fresh in our minds, there is no better tribute to the 1,500 soldiers slain over the last decade in Afghanistan than to hasten President Barack Obama’s troop withdrawal plan and start bringing home those legions of brave men and women.

We should never forget the sacrifices of our American servicemen and women. This Memorial Day, we should honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice by remembering and supporting fully the new generation of warriors and veterans who have served this country fighting for the same cause.

BACKGROUND

The Hill: U.S. House narrowly defeats effort to scale down Afghan war in close 204-215 vote. [The Hill, 5/26/11]

Bipartisan Tennessee delegation, consisting of Democratic Reps. Jim Cooper, Steve Cohen and Republican Rep. Jimmy Duncan, vote to end Afghan war. [U.S. House Clerk roll call, 5/26/11]

State Dem Party Chair Statement on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Chip Forrester issued the following statement Sunday evening regarding the death of Osama bin Laden:

“Thank you to the courageous men and women of the United States Armed Services for your commitment to justice since September 11, 2001, and thank you to President Obama for your leadership and unwavering dedication to the mission. May we all remember the sacrifices of our brave US servicemen and woman — many Tennesseans — at this time of victory against a despicable enemy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who died on 9/11, and the loved ones of those who sought justice in the years that have followed. The debt of honor we owe to the US soldiers who continue fight to promote freedom around the globe grows each day.

“We applaud President Obama for delivering on his promise to bring bin Laden to justice. Under his leadership, our military refocused its efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan and delivered.”