Smith Recognizes North Platte Community for Supporting Our Troops

Jun 22, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) spoke on the House Floor today to recognize the North Platte community for its support of our nation’s service members.

Smith’s remarks:

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the community of North Platte for its many decades of service to our men and women in uniform.

Earlier this week, the North Platte Canteen came together, once again, to host more than 700 Army National Guard soldiers based in Arkansas who were returning from a training mission in Wyoming, not having eaten a hot meal in days.

The North Platte Canteen traces its history all the way back to World War II when the community came together to feed more than 6 million servicemen and women as they traveled by train across the country.

The North Platte Canteen was organized on Monday, June 18th to feed more than 700 soldiers transported on 21 buses over two days, including homemade birthday cakes for those celebrating, which is a time-honored tradition at the Canteen.

I would like to thank Lisa Burke, Muriel Clark, Amanda Connick, Courtney Fegter, and Michelle Thomas at the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau who coordinated what became a whole-community effort on just a few days’ notice.

This is really what Nebraska’s support for our troops is all about.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.  I yield back.