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Let me begin by acknowledging a few people here today.
John Armiger – thank you for holding this ceremony to honor our veterans year after year.
Governor Ehrlich and General Bruce Tuxill.
Lt. Col. William Lee, State Command Chaplain, MD Army National Guard;
Richard Patterson – President of the National Flag Day Foundation;
Thank you all for coming today.
I would like to acknowledge Senator Benjamin Cardin… I mean Congressman Benjamin Cardin and Congressman Elijah Cummings.
It is so great to see “Team Maryland” successful again. Senator Sarbanes, Senator Mikulski, Congressman Cardin and Congressman Cummings thanks for coming today.
Mr. Jeffrey Rivest and Dr. Thomas Scalea of Shock Trauma thanks for all you do.
We are all here today to announce a great addition to Shock Trauma.
Opening Remarks by Congressman Ruppersberger:
I thank both you and Ranking Member Waxman for holding this incredibly important hearing today.
I would like to express my heartfelt sympathy for those who lost so much in Hurricane Katrina.
President Bush toured the Port of Baltimore last Wednesday and discussed the state of our nation's security and the importance of renewing the Patriot Act. I attended the event and believe the Patriot Act gives our law enforcement officials the tools they need to help fight our War on Terrorism, but I also believe we must protect people's civil liberties.
Thank you. Good morning Mr. Chairman and Members of the Commission. It is truly an honor to appear before you today, literally in my backyard and representing my constituents in the Maryland 2nd Congressional district.