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In Honor of Raymond ``red'' Goulet's 98th Birthday

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 12, 2021
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PAPPAS. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor Raymond ``Red'' Goulet, who is celebrating his 98th birthday this Thursday, January 14, 2021. A World War II veteran and longtime resident of Portsmouth, Mr. Goulet is beloved among many members of the community. Due to COVID-19 precautions, however, Mr. Goulet cannot celebrate his birthday with friends and loved ones.

During World War II, Mr. Goulet and his two brothers enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served as an Army technical sergeant. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, and to this day, still carries the same wallet he had that day as an enduring reminder of the bravery and patriotism of so many Americans during those trying times.

Mr. Goulet has served as a Pease Greeter for many years, doing so to make sure that our servicemembers know how much they are appreciated. Mr. Goulet has also forged a strong relationship with the Portsmouth Police Department, and in 2017, was honored by them with a special luncheon. Outgoing and affable, Mr. Goulet makes an impact wherever he goes, and all those who know him recount on his knack for making everyone around him feel valued.

Because of how much Mr. Goulet means to the community, friends and even strangers across New Hampshire have mobilized to make sure that Mr. Goulet receives many cards and notes of support on his birthday. And while cards cannot fully replace spending time with loved ones and friends, I hope all of these notes will show Mr. Goulet that so many people are thinking about him even as we all cannot be physically together.

On behalf of my constituents in New Hampshire's First Congressional District, I want to wish Mr. Goulet a very happy birthday. I hope that he will be able to celebrate many more milestones in the coming years, and I want to thank him for his service to our country and his dedication to our community.