Gilmer Free Press
Second Anniversary of Senator Byrd’s Passing
Senator Jay Rockefeller released the following statement in honor of Senator Robert C. Byrd, who passed away on June 28, 2010.
“Two years after his death, I want to pause and honor the contributions of my dear friend and well-respected colleague – Senator Robert C. Byrd.,” said Rockefeller. “He loved West Virginia and fought hard for each and every one of us. And he always carried a copy of the U.S. Constitution so it was in his mind during each vote. Senator Byrd and I spent decades working together and it was a great honor to work alongside him. He stood up for those who couldn’t always defend themselves and fought with me for better health care, education, mine safety, veterans benefits, and economic growth.
“As we remember his contributions, I think that the best way to honor him is to stand together and help West Virginia thrive. Let’s commit to working for one another, volunteering in our communities, and finding ways to lead our state into the future. I believe that’s what he would want.”
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) released the following statement in advance of the second anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd’s death.
“Today, we remember our dear friend and a great statesman for all his contributions to our beautiful state and great nation. An unwavering defender of the Constitution and a determined fighter for West Virginia, Senator Robert C. Byrd remains on West Virginians’ minds, while his legacy of public service will forever live in our hearts.
“For me it is his wisdom, compassion, strength and independence that I reflect upon as a member of the United States Senate. His legacy continues to guide me on issues such as the war in Afghanistan and the need to rebuild America, as well as his concern for protecting our Constitutional system of checks and balances.
“Senator Byrd’s many accomplishments have inspired us all to give something back to our community, state and nation. I encourage all West Virginians to honor his legacy by lending a helping hand to our fellow West Virginians.”