SURESNES, FRANCE – To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War I, and to honor U.S. military veterans on Veterans Day weekend, U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, visited an American military cemetery outside of Paris and laid a wreath at the gravesite of a Florida native who lost his life in the "Great War." The soldier, First Lieutenant Louis Alexander Torres, served in the U.S. Army's Quartermaster Corps and passed away on Sept. 1, 1918. In addition to laying the wreath, Murphy participated alongside Members of Congress in a bipartisan ceremony to honor American servicemembers who died in World War I.
"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," said Murphy, whose family was rescued by the U.S. Navy when she was a baby and who worked as a national security specialist at the Department of Defense. "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.”
Murphy and approximately 30 other Members of Congress are in Paris as 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. Murphy will appear on a panel alongside House Armed Services Committee Chair Mac Thornberry, R-Tex., to discuss the future of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the military alliance between the United States, Canada, and 27 European nations.
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy represents Florida’s Seventh Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves on the House Armed Services Committee and Small Business Committee. The district includes all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, including downtown Orlando, Maitland, Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida. Previously, Murphy was a businesswoman and college instructor who also served as a national security specialist in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where she received numerous awards, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service. Murphy lives in Winter Park with her husband and two children.