U.S. Rep. Reed tells Corning VFW members he backs police over protesters
CORNING - Last week at a private Veterans Day celebration at the Corning VFW, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, told the group he stands behind law enforcement and against protests aimed at police violence toward Black Americans.
"Don’t ever tell our men and women of law enforcement that we won’t have their back, and let us also remember we are a nation under God," Reed said Wednesday, drawing applause. "Our knee is made for kneeling in prayer. We shall never take a knee when we salute and sing our national anthem.”
In October, Reed was a key organizer of a round table event bringing together Black community leaders and law enforcement to discuss issues around race and criminal justice.
In closing, Reed told the gathered veterans a story highlighting his father, Thomas Reed Sr., a veteran who died when Reed was just two years old.
“I need to tell his story,” Reed said. “Of winning the Silver Star, being awarded multiple Bronze Stars, and how that has shaped my life to mold me each and every day going forward. That is the military creed that he passed on to my family. We never forget the men and women in our military.”
Reed said his family members were taught to never forget the men and women in the military, but also never forget their family members and spouses.
“You never forget (the military) when they are deployed to the battlefield, but you never ever forget them when they come home,” Reed said. “We stand with them as we do each and every day, making sure that you know we are with you. So let us celebrate Veterans Day today and let us stand together as one nation, no longer divided. God bless each and every one of you.”