Two years ago we were in the fight of our lives.
We were scrambling to lock down the votes needed to repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. As the author of the House bill, I can tell you that no legislative battle was harder fought and no victory more satisfying.
Our work changed lives. It strengthened our military. It honored the brave gay and lesbian patriots, who could finally serve the country they love without hiding who they are.
We know there is more work to be done before we achieve full LGBT equality in the military, but it’s important that we pause to celebrate our historic accomplishment.
That's why I am excited to be on the host committee for "Celebrating Our Heroes," which will take place aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City to mark the one-year anniversary of DADT repeal. There, we will honor ALL service members and veterans, and pay tribute to someone who helped pave the way for our victory, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen. As you know, his testimony about living a life of integrity was a powerful tipping point. I want you to be there with me to honor him and celebrate.
We expect more than 1,000 service members and veterans - gay and straight - and their civilian supporters and families to be on board the ship that evening. This is a great opportunity for us to show our support for gay and lesbian service members, who may now serve openly in our armed forces - and for all service members and veterans as we pay tribute to Admiral Mullen.
Don't let this historic opportunity pass you by. Join me in New York City on September 18th! We're going to have a great time!
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08-10-12 By Patrick J. Murphy, CPT, 82nd ABN, Iraq, 2003-2004 |