‘Warrior’ John Lewis Remembered And Celebrated One Yr After His Loss of life
Civil rights icon and veteran congressman John Lewis was remembered and celebrated on Saturday, a 12 months to the day since his demise on July 17, 2020.
Senior lawmakers and members of Lewis’ household gathered in California for the christening of the USNS John Lewis, a Navy ship named after the late Georgia Democrat.
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi mentioned on the christening that it was “becoming that we honor John Lewis with this formidable ship.“
“John Lewis was a warrior,” she mentioned. “One of many mottos of the Navy is ‘semper fortis’ — all the time brave — and John Lewis was certainly all the time brave.”
🇺🇸”It is becoming that we honor John Lewis with this formidable ship, as a result of John Lewis was a warrior. One of many mottos of the Navy is ‘Semper Fortis’ — All the time Brave, and John Lewis was certainly all the time brave.”-@SpeakerPelosi, on the Christening of the USNS John Lewis 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ytv8mOTzOQ
— VoteVets (@votevets) July 17, 2021
Honored to be part of the official congressional delegation for the christening of the USS John Lewis #gapol pic.twitter.com/5BTzmU3d4l
— Buddy Carter (@RepBuddyCarter) July 17, 2021
Proud and excited to be a part of the Congressional Delegation in San Diego for the Christening Ceremony for the USNS John Lewis, precisely one 12 months after his passing. pic.twitter.com/hWQGw8CQr9
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) July 17, 2021
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris additionally marked the anniversary of Lewis’ demise by calling on Congress to enact laws defending voting rights — a trigger that Lewis devoted a lot of his life to.
Biden mentioned in a press release that Lewis, on his deathbed, had beseeched him to “stay centered on the unfinished work — his life’s work — of therapeutic and uniting this nation.”
That work contains “persevering with the trigger that John was prepared to present his life for: defending the sacred proper to vote,” Biden mentioned. “Not for the reason that Civil Rights Motion of the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties have we seen such unrelenting assaults on voting rights and the integrity of our elections.”
Days earlier than he died one 12 months in the past as we speak, Jill and I spoke with John Lewis for the final time. He requested us to stay centered on the unfinished work – his life’s work – of therapeutic and uniting this nation. With John’s spirit guiding us, we should be unafraid and by no means surrender.
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 17, 2021
Many luminaries, together with former President Barack Obama, paid tribute to Lewis on Saturday.
“John Lewis and C.T. Vivian liked this nation a lot that they risked their lives in order that it’d dwell as much as its promise,“ Obama mentioned. Vivian, one other civil rights chief, died on the identical day as Lewis final 12 months.
“They gave all of themselves to the reason for freedom and justice, and impressed generations to comply with their instance. Now it’s as much as us to proceed the work,” Obama mentioned.
John Lewis and C.T. Vivian liked this nation a lot that they risked their lives in order that it’d dwell as much as its promise. They gave all of themselves to the reason for freedom and justice, and impressed generations to comply with their instance. Now it’s as much as us to proceed the work. pic.twitter.com/LZNQHqIUAo
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 17, 2021
A 12 months in the past we misplaced a nationwide hero, and I misplaced a buddy and parishioner. John Lewis spent his life combating to make sure our nation lived as much as its founding creed, and I’m so honored for the chance to hold on his legacy. pic.twitter.com/fkM6ACh4Na
— Reverend Raphael Warnock (@ReverendWarnock) July 17, 2021
Final 12 months a nation misplaced a pacesetter, hero, and activist in John Lewis. Each single day I discover myself lacking my mentor and buddy, and can endlessly pull inspiration from his towering legacy. pic.twitter.com/zv4avp31Pk
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 17, 2021
A 12 months in the past as we speak, we misplaced Congressman John Lewis. As we rejoice the king of fine hassle—his legacy of perseverance; his capability to search out moments of pleasure and lightness within the midst of actual battle—we also needs to recommit ourselves to constructing the long run he envisioned. pic.twitter.com/07nbvnBh9i
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) July 17, 2021
John Lewis taught us that after we see one thing that’s not proper, not simply, not honest, we’ve got to do one thing. He taught us to not lose hope—that that is the battle of many lifetimes. He taught us to get in #GoodTrouble.
One 12 months already. We miss you. pic.twitter.com/O94KTlt76H
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) July 17, 2021
In Nashville, the place a younger Lewis led nonviolent civil rights protests within the Sixties, a marker for a brand new “Rep. John Lewis Means” was unveiled and a whole lot joined in a march to pay tribute to the late congressman.
A number of different vigils and occasions honoring Lewis have been deliberate in Washington, D.C., and in cities throughout the nation.
Lewis died final 12 months on the age of 80 after a battle with pancreatic most cancers.
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