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Clyburn Floor Remarks on North Carolina Beach House Fire Resolution

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

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Mister Speaker, This resolution memorializes and commemorates the lives of seven students from the University of South Carolina and Clemson University who perished in last week’s tragic beach house fire in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

I proudly represent the University of South Carolina and I rise to thank the House Oversight Committee for its prompt action on this Resolution and to once again extend my deepest condolences to the families, friends, and loved ones of those USC students and Clemson students who we lost in this unfortunate event.  They should know that we will continue to keep them and their loved ones in our prayers as they mourn their tremendous loss. 

There is little that we cherish more than seeing our children and grandchildren go off to school seeking to acquire the knowledge and skills that they will need to pursue their dreams and aspirations.  It is an incredible feeling.  And to have that promise cut short in such a dramatic and tragic way is probably more than anyone, who has not had the experience, can possibly imagine. 

As we mourn with the USC and Clemson University communities at this solemn time, we should all take some solace in knowing that these young people represented the very best of our hopes and dreams for the future.  Through their extra-curricular activities and academic successes, they served as strong role models for future generations and as sources of pride for their families and friends.  It is only fitting that we honor them for being the bright beacons of light that they were and that their loved ones will always remember them as being.     

No words or sympathetic sentiments will ever undue the tragic loss endured by the USC and Clemson communities.  However, by passing this resolution, it is my hope that these communities understand that this Congressional body stands in unison in offering our prayers and condolences.

May God bless all those affected by this tragedy. 

Thank you Mister Speaker, and I yield back the balance of my time.