U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy marked Veteran’s Day by laying a wreath on the Paris gravesite of a Florida soldier who died in World War I.
The Orlando Democrat visited the grave marker for Army 1st Lt. Louis Alexander Torres, who died Sept. 1, 1918 fighting in Europe.
“Every day, and especially on Veterans Day weekend, we should honor the brave men and women in uniform who have fought for this nation, particularly those like Lieutenant Torres who lost their lives in service to our country,” Murphy said.
Murphy, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, went to Paris as part of a bipartisan delegation of 30 Congressmen attended a ceremony honoring U.S. veterans of war.
“I am in awe of the sacrifice our veterans have made to keep us safe here at home and to defend liberty across the world. On behalf of a grateful nation and all freedom-loving people, thank you to America’s veterans—and your families—for your service to this nation and may God bless you all.”
Members of Congress visiting Paris for the Veteran’s Day event are part of the Franklin Center’s and The Ripon Society’s 34th Annual Transatlantic Capital to Capital Exchange, where U.S. officials, French officials, and private sector leaders will discuss a wide variety of public policy issues, such as energy, trade, terrorism and foreign policy.
As part of the trip, Murphy will appear alongside Texas Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry on a panel discussing the future of NATO.
Before her 2016 election to Congress, Murphy served as a national security specialist in the Department of Defense. She’s frequently shared a story of being saved at sea by the U.S. Navy with her family as a child and of being inspired by service since then.
The historian website GeneologyBuff.com lists Torres as a Tampa native who died of disease while serving in Europe during the war.