June 28, 2011

Manchin Statement On One Year Anniversary of Robert C. Byrd's Death

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of Senator Robert C. Byrd’s death.  

“One year ago today, the people of West Virginia and our nation lost a beloved pillar in our nation’s history – U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd. Indeed, the senator’s influence stretched well beyond the borders of the Mountain State, and today, we remember a fine statesman and his many contributions.

“As the longest serving member of Congress, we are continually reminded of his historic legacy – a legacy that shaped our state’s infrastructure and improved the lives of so many.

“No one will ever fill Senator Byrd’s shoes; we can only strive to follow in his footsteps. Senator Byrd was a guardian of the U.S. Constitution, and his wisdom serves as a beacon for us all. Even in my short tenure as a U.S. Senator, Senator Byrd’s words and dedication have guided me throughout my time here in the Senate. After much studying and consideration, I found that I share his concerns on the war in Afghanistan and the need to rebuild America, as well as his concern for protecting our Constitutional system of checks and balances. 

“Senator Byrd's contributions have inspired us all and they give us an amazing handbook to public service. Like fellow West Virginians, I continue to carry his memory and legacy with me on life’s journey. 

“In commemoration of Senator Byrd's 63 years of outstanding public service, I encourage all West Virginians to honor Senator Byrd's legacy by giving back to their communities.”