Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy was in Oviedo on Saturday afternoon, to honor the memory of a World War II sailor Paul J. Linton at an awards ceremony where she presented several posthumous service awards to Linton’s daughter, Marie Delaney.
Murphy also presented the Linton’s family with an American flag she had flown over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, in his honor. Also in attendance at the ceremony held at post 243 of the American Legion, were Delaney’s children and grandchildren.
“Paul served his country to defend freedom and democracy, and I’m proud to help recognize his distinguished service,” said Murphy. “My family was rescued at sea by a U.S. Navy vessel when we fled Communist-controlled Vietnam, so I have incredible admiration for sailors like Paul and all those who serve in our military. It’s important we take the time to show our appreciation to the men and woman who risk their lives to keep our nation safe.”
Before the ceremony, Murphy spoke to reporters regarding the attack that took place earlier this week in Alexandria, Virginia, during a practice for a Congressional baseball game. The shooting wounded several people including Murphy’s colleague, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, before the gunmen was killed by capitol police. Scalise remains in critical condition.
“My thoughts have really just been praying for the recovery of Mr. Scalise and all of the other folks that have been effected by this tragedy.” said Murphy “As a country we really need to continue to pray for the victims of gun violence and think about how we can address this issue.”