Apr 15 2011
66 years ago today, Dole was gravely wounded in a WWII battle in Italy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke today on the floor of the U.S. Senate to pay tribute to former U.S. Senator Bob Dole, who 66 years ago today was wounded while fighting for our country’s freedom in World War II. Sen. Moran also recognized Sen. Dole’s significant role in the establishment of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Please find excerpts from his floor statement below:
“I am a firm believer in the view that an individual can make a difference. The reality is we change the world one person at a time and that individual is how we make life better.
“Earlier this week, I was on the national mall near the WWII Memorial for the dedication of a plaque – to honor an individual who made a tremendous difference in the lives of many and in the life of our nation. A plaque was unveiled recognizing Sen. Bob Dole for his contribution and leadership in seeing that the WWII Memorial was built. The WWII Memorial would not be available for us as a nation today in the absence of Bob Dole, who led the efforts.
“It is important that we never forget those who gave us the opportunity to live the lives we do today. Sixty-six years ago today – April 14, 1945 – young Bob Dole was wounded in northern Italy and he lay on the field in blood and mud for nine hours. He was rescued and returned home, and the people of his hometown raised money for his rehabilitation.
“Sen. Dole in his remarks on Tuesday concluded by saying: ‘I’m the most the optimistic man in America today.’ We ought to be optimistic because we have individuals like Bob Dole who have served our country. And today we recognize that service, 66 years ago – April 14, 1945 – in northern Italy.”
Click here to view a video of Senator Moran’s comments.
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