WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement today honoring the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches:

“Today, 50 years after the Selma to Montgomery marches began, the House honors the brave foot soldiers who risked their lives to secure the blessings of liberty for all Americans.  The harrowing images of that day - the unspeakable violence perpetrated against those who marched - summoned us to live up to our founding principles.  Their actions commanded change, and today we live in a better America because they fought and died to make it so.  Guided by their determination, inspired by their courage, and moved by their call for justice, let us honor their sacrifice by rededicating ourselves to the cause of freedom and equal opportunity for every American.”

NOTE: Earlier this week, Speaker Boehner signed bipartisan legislation (H.R. 431) awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the foot soldiers who participated in the Selma to Montgomery marches in March of 1965.