Dec 7, 2017 Issues: Veterans, Armed Services

WASHINGTON, DC  –  This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) continued his commitment to the United States military, and introduced H. Res. 643, a resolution that would amend rules of the U.S. House of Representatives to observe a moment of silence on the first legislative day of each month for American service members killed overseas.

“America’s military members are fighting and dying for this country, and we must show our gratitude.” said Congressman Jones. “It is only through remembrance and prayer that the U.S. House of Representatives can truly show the brave families of those we lost that we also share in their sadness.”

Since 2001, over 6,900 American service members have given their life while serving abroad. At Congressman Jones’ request in 2008, the U.S. House of Representatives observed a monthly moment of silence for those killed and wounded in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as their families.  Unfortunately, the practice ended in 2010.  While Congress has rightfully observed moments of silence for numerous tragic events, the body does not regularly observe such a moment for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Congressman Jones has long fought for the courageous men and women in uniform – past, present and future – who protect our freedom.

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at or (202) 225-3415.