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This past District work week was another one spent traveling across Central and Southside Virginia with stops in Bedford, Rocky Mount, Lynchburg, Martinsville, Danville, and Charlottesville.
I had the honor of speaking at the National D-Day Memorial to mark the ten year anniversary of the memorial’s opening and the 67th anniversary of the Normandy invasion.
In my speech, I noted how fitting it was that this memorial is located in Bedford, Virginia. As the home of the Bedford Boys, it is a truly appropriate setting because it perfectly represents the small towns all across America that nurtured and taught our soldiers about duty, honor, courage, sacrifice, and love for family and for peace.
And this event was another opportunity to remember and recognize all of those who have been and are willing to sacrifice so much to defend and protect our nation. As I said in my remarks to all of those veterans who were in the audience that day, “the more important legacy you have given us is freedom and it is the example you have set for those who defend us today… For this I thank you on behalf of our country, on behalf of the people of the Fifth District, and on behalf of my family.” You can visit my website hurt.house.gov to read the speech in its entirety.
Some of my other stops in the 5th District included meeting with and talking to constituents about how we in Washington can better address their concerns, as well as attending the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce breakfast, the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce Post-Legislative Affairs luncheon, and the Free Enterprise Forum luncheon in Charlottesville. At these events we discussed the critical need for Washington to put policies in place that remove the barriers to job growth so that the private sector, our true job creators, will have the certainty and confidence necessary to innovate, expand, and put people back to work.
Towards the end of this past District work week I took part in welcoming American Eagle Airlines to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport. American Eagle will now be adding non-stop air service from Charlottesville to Chicago, which is great news for those in the Central Virginia area as well as those across the Commonwealth. Not only will the additional flights bring added convenience and service for residents, businesses, educational institutions, and visitors, but it will also promote important economic development and job creation for the entire region.
As your Representative in Congress, traveling across Central and Southside Virginia and hearing from as many constituents as possible about the current challenges we face provides me with important insight as we all work together to move the 5th District forward.
If you need any additional information on these or any other issues, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.