Congress has now introduced a new piece of legislation to honor the 13 U.S. service members who were killed during the suicide bomber attack in Kabul last week with the Congressional Gold Medal.
“The American service members went above and beyond the call of duty to protect citizens of the United States and our allies to ensure they are brought to safety in an extremely dangerous situation as the Taliban regained control over Afghanistan,” the bill went on to say.
The attack took place Aug. 26 at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as the service members were guarding gates and helping the thousands of American citizens, third-country nationals, and Afghan refugees flocking to the airport to leave the country, following the Taliban takeover Aug. 14.
More than 200 others were killed, and many more were injured as terrorists from the group ISIS-K launched a suicide bombing at one of the gates, and another near the airport.
President Joe Biden went to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware Aug. 29 for the Dignified Transfer of the remains of the slain.
If passed by Congress and signed by Biden, the medals will be displayed with other recipients at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
For those who might not have a lot of information about the Congressional Gold Medial, it is the “highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions by individuals or institutions.”
Some of the more notable individuals who have received this honor in our country’s history include George Washington, the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison, and many more.
The bill has 158 sponsors as of this writing and is being spearheaded by Rep. Lisa McClain, a Republican from Michigan.
“These heroic men and women are gone far too soon, and we must honor them for their bravery in helping U.S. citizens and Afghan allies safely evacuate Afghanistan,” McClain wrote in her statement concerning the legislation. “My heart aches for the families and loved ones of our service members. We will always remember their service and pay tribute to their sacrifice.”