Military Appreciation Day

Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 10:30 a.m.

The House met pursuant to recess with Speaker O'Neal in the chair. The roll was called with 125 members present. Prayer by guest chaplain, the Rev. Donald F. Davidson, pastor, St. David's Episcopal Church, and Command Chaplain, Kansas National Guard, guest of Rep. Tafanelli:

Good and Gracious Creator God,
Bless this House dedicated to the people of Kansas, and the proceedings therein. Let the work of the people be accomplished in this place, and may it be to the betterment of our society. Give our elected officials grace as they pursue the noble principles of our state and nation, and on this day bless all those who serve our nation in uniform wherever they may be.
We ask all of this in your holy Name. Amen.

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Rep. Frownfelter.

In recognition of Armed Forces Appreciation Day at the Capitol, Rep. Tafanelli addressed a few remarks to the members of the House.

There being no objection, the following remarks by Rep. Bowers are spread upon the journal:

Good Morning! As you checked your calendar this morning you would see that it is Military Appreciation Day and among our guests here, I have a constituent who I'd like you all to meet. Caption Aaron Isaacson has just recently returned home from his 3rd tour to Iraq & Afghanistan. As important
as we know his job is-he tells me he admires us more for our service in this chamber-to the people of Kansas. But I wonder how we can even compare our duties to someone like Aaron who protects our freedom in a way that most of us can't even fathom. Caption Isaacson is currently stationed at Fort Riley with the Wounded Warrior Transition Unit. And as you shake his hand and welcome him home-I'd like you to know this: this soldier not only has one Bronze Star but two-not only one Purple Heart but two plus other numerous decorations.
Mr. Speaker-it is my pleasure to introduce Caption Aaron P. Isaacson of the United States Army and Kansas National Guard to you and to the members of the Kansas House of Representatives.