Floor Remarks of

Chairman Henry J. Hyde


H. Res. 412, Expression of Sympathy for Canadian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

May 7, 2002


I rise today in support of H. Res. 412 to offer my deepest condolences to all Canadians, especially the families and friends of Sergeant Marc D. Leger, Corporal Ainsworth Dyer, Private Richard A. Green, and Private Nathan Smith, who gave their lives in the service of defending freedom and security in Operation Enduring Freedom on April 17, 2002, in Afghanistan.

Eight other servicemen were also wounded in this incident. This tragic accident reminds us that our coalition partners remain willing to send their men and women in uniform in harm’s way so that our freedoms may prevail. These Canadians have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of all peace-loving people, and my prayers are with their families and loved ones during this difficult time.

After America was so brutally attacked, I addressed the House of Representatives during consideration of H.J. Res. 61, which expressed the sense of the House of Representatives and Senate regarding the assault. I quoted Winston Churchill, whose words are just as salient today as they were then. He wrote, (quote) ``Civilization will not last, freedom will not survive, peace will not be kept, unless a very large majority of mankind unite together to defend them.'' (closed quote)


Canada has always been our country’s closest ally and friend. Since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, she has offered her steadfast loyalty and support in defense of the values that define and unite us. Canada’s leadership during this trying time is invaluable to the American people. We will continue our common defense in unity to defeat the enemy who wishes to destroy freedom.

May God bless Canada and her fallen soldiers who served her with such courage and dignity. We indeed are a safer Nation because of these soldiers and those who continue to serve in our Nations' Armed Forces.

I want to commend my colleague from New York, Mr. Houghton, for this important expression of sympathy. I urge my colleagues to support this passage. Canada shall remain our closest ally and friend.