House Unanimously Passes Axne-Backed Bill to Posthumously Award Congressional Gold Medal on Iowa’s Cpl. Daegan Page

October 25, 2021
Press Release
Axne: “I wish that this honor could return Corporal Page to his parents, his friends, and his grateful nation …his service and bravery will never be forgotten.”

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill co-sponsored by Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Marine Corporal Daegan Tyler Page from Red Oak, Iowa.

The bipartisan vote by the House sends the U.S. Senate legislation awarding the Congressional honor to all thirteen U.S. servicemembers who were killed protecting civilians at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan on August 26, 2021.

“Two months ago, Marine Corporal Daegan Tyler Page was killed in Kabul while protecting innocent civilians, our allies, and his fellow servicemembers in the final days of a war that began when he was only an infant,” said Rep. Axne. “Not a day has gone by since that I have not thought of the service and sacrifice of this young man – and the twelve other servicemembers that made the ultimate sacrifice alongside him that day. And in their memory, I join my colleagues in agreeing that those brave men and women deserve the recognition of this Congress. As a mother, I wish that this honor could return Corporal Page to his parents, his friends, and his grateful nation. For his family and friends and all who knew him – I hope they know that his service and bravery will never be forgotten.”

Last month, Rep. Axne voted to pass defense policy legislation that included an amendment co-sponsored by Axne to establish a memorial for the same thirteen servicemembers honored by today’s vote.

Rep. Axne also recently led the Iowa delegation in the introduction of a resolution honoring the service and sacrifice of all Iowa servicemembers who served in Afghanistan over the past two decades.

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