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Before we sit down with family to enjoy delicious turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, or any of the other traditional fixings this Thanksgiving, I hope we will take a few moments to give sincere thought to the significance of this annual holiday. Yes, it is a time to bring family together for an outstanding home-cooked meal, and maybe even to watch some football, but it also is a time to reflect on what the year has brought us, and to give thanks for the many blessings we have received individually and as citizens of the greatest nation on earth.
In addition to our words and thoughts, Thanksgiving should also be a time when we are called to action. It was President Theodore Roosevelt who once said, “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.” His words are a reminder that, while we are blessed with good fortune, there are many who are not. And, more importantly, it is imperative that we lend a helping hand to those in need when and where we can. That is why this holiday season should be a time when we remember to donate to our favorite charities, or give of our time at the local soup kitchen or food bank, or to take any action we can that will help someone in need. We have the opportunity to make the world around us a better place, and Thanksgiving is a reminder that we should do so when we can.
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Honoring Those Who Have Served
Starting next year, and for the years to come, schools here in Missouri will be required to devote classroom time to teaching our young people about the importance and significance of Veterans Day. This requirement is part of legislation (SB 600) we passed during the 2014 legislative session that is meant to place an emphasis on honoring and remembering the contributions made to our great nation by the men and women of our Armed Forces. And while we hope our schools were already taking time to honor our nation’s heroes, the requirement is another way of ensuring the many sacrifices they have made to preserve our freedoms will not be forgotten or overlooked by our younger generation.
As we head into Veterans Day this year, I hope you and your family will also take time to talk about the significant contributions our veterans have made, and continue to make. We must take time to appreciate the willingness of our veterans to leave behind the comforts of home to fight on foreign soil and to put their lives in harm’s way in order to defend our way of life. Whether they served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam or in the current War on Terror, they deserve our respect, our gratitude, and our commitment to preserving the memory of their deeds.
Speaking of our current generation of soldiers and veterans, the post-9/11 veterans are the first generation of soldiers to have served in sustained combat operations as an all-volunteer force. This is not to diminish the service of previous generations that included many who were drafted into service, but instead to serve as a reminder that the men and women serving today have done so out of a personal choice to defend our nation from those who would do it harm.
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A heartfelt thanks to the voters in our district for their support in tonight's election. I have the honor of serving the citizens of our district once again.
Missouri Rep. Anne Zerr was honored with the Emory Melton Legislative Award, presented annually to a legislator or tourism industry leader who works closely with the legislative process in support of the tourism industry. Among her duties, Zerr chairs the House Economic Development Committee and serves on the House Tourism and Natural Resources Committee. She is a staunch supporter of tourism and is acknowledged for working with members of both the House and Senate to help restore tourism funding to pre-recession levels.
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EVERETT, Wash., Oct. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) announced today it will produce 777X parts at its site in St. Louis, Mo., bringing back inside the company work that is currently performed at suppliers or performed overseas for the current 777 program.
The design for these parts will be done in St. Louis, Boeing Aerostructures Australia (BAA) and other Boeing sites.
The parts built by the St. Louis team will support 777X work at the composite wing center in Everett, Wash., home of the 777X program. The new composite wing center is currently under construction and will be more than 1 million square feet.
"Boeing has outstanding capability, resources and experience across the company and the 777X program will leverage that skill base," said Bob Feldmann, vice president and general manager, 777X program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "A program of this size requires that we bring together all of the talent that Boeing has to offer."
Earlier this year, Boeing selected its Everett, Wash. site as the location for a new composite wing center for the 777X program. In this wing center, Boeing will perform fabrication and assembly of the 777X's composite wing. Additionally, Boeing will perform final assembly of the 777X in Everett.
To accommodate this production work, Boeing will expand its current St. Louis composites facility, which will begin producing parts for the 777X program in 2017.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for Boeing St. Louis and we look forward to being a partner on the 777X program," said Bob Ciesla, Boeing Military Aircraft Cross-Enterprise Design/Build vice president. "Placing this work in St. Louis optimizes resources, skills and technology in St. Louis and creates high technology jobs in the region."
"As the House carrier of Senate Bill 1, I was pleased to be able to play a part in Missouri's successful bid for this contract," adds Representative Anne Zerr (R-65) of St. Charles. "This addition of 700 new jobs an exciting move forward for our state."
The 777X builds on today's passenger-preferred, market-leading 777 and offers more market coverage and revenue capability than the competition. First delivery is targeted for 2020.