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Moran, aide thank soldiers

Staff writer

Legislative aide to U.S. Senator Jerry Moran Mike Zamarzla spoke at the Hillsboro Memorial Day Service on the behalf of the senator who was speaking at a Memorial Day celebration in Pittsburg.

Zamarzla read a statement from Moran thanking all veterans for their service to their country. He specifically pointed out Vietnam Veterans because 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam conflict.

“Because of that sacrifice, we have the opportunity to live in the strongest, freest country in the world,” Zamarzla said.

Moran also mentioned the Kansas resident who was awarded the Medal of Honor. Marine Sergeant Grant Timmerman was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Harry Truman for his efforts in the Pacific theater during World War II.

Before blasting his tank’s 75 mm gun, Timmerman opened up the lid to his tank to tell his troops to cover themselves from the blast. A Japanese soldier threw a grenade into the hole while it was open. Timmerman threw himself on the grenade, instantly killing himself and saving his men.

Senator Moran also introduced a bill Jan. 26 to award Fr. Emil Kapaun the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War. Kapaun is also a candidate for sainthood.

Having recently traveled to Afghanistan, Moran commended the efforts of troops currently serving in the military overseas.

“Their efforts overseas are protecting lives at home,” Moran said.

Last modified June 2, 2011

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