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Rahall to take flying leap … for coal

Just passing on this news release that just crossed my desk from West Virginia Congressman Nick J. Rahall …

rahall_photo.jpgU.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) today announced he will join the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the “Golden Knights” in their demonstration jump into Beckley, W.Va., on Saturday, July 18, 2009.  Rep. Rahall accepted the Golden Knights invitation to participate in the team’s afternoon jump, and will land at the Paul Cline Memorial Sports Complex, in conjunction with the festivities of the 2009 Friends of Coal Auto Fair.

It continues, with this quote from Rahall:

“I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to be invited by the Golden Knights to join them for the Friends of Coal event.  It is a very special honor for me to be able to show – in a bold way, my continued support for not only coal, but for everyone who serves the people of West Virginia and our Nation through their service in our armed forces and law enforcement agencies.  It is a Nick Rahall affirmation of the importance of coal and an opportunity to pay tribute to those who extraordinarily serve and make personal sacrifices each day for the citizens of West Virginia and our Nation as a whole.”

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Former President George H. W. Bush rode tandem with Army Sgt. Michael Elliott of the Army Golden Knights parachute team as he celebrated his 85th birthday with a parachute jump in June. Photo via The Associated Press.

And here’s the rest of the release:

This will be the Golden Knights fourth appearance in southern West Virginia, which is returning to the region for the fifth annual Friends of Coal Auto Fair and through the support of FOC member, Jay R. Wardwell, owner of Eastern Arrow Corporation, who has a long-standing friendship with the parachute team.

The Golden Knights have performed more than 15,000 shows in all 50 states and 48 countries, reaching more than 20,000 people per show.   As “Official Ambassadors of the Army,” the Team annually reaches a third of our Nation by performing spectacular live parachute demonstrations for the American public, manifesting the “Band of Excellence” as displayed by all U.S. Army Soldiers around the world.

“The Golden Knights are active duty members of the U.S. Army, who are prime examples of our armed forces training, precision, integrity and tradition of honor and service to the American people,” said Rep. Rahall.  “I am humbled by their commitment to duty and so very proud of the work they do and how well they represent all men and women currently serving in uniform, as well as all of our Nation’s veterans.”