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This Saturday marked a special milestone during my time in Congress as I welcomed over 1,000 Knoxville students, police officers, parents, teachers, and nurses to Washington for their annual Safety Patrol trip.
Each year I have been in Congress, and one year before I was elected, I have hosted thousands of visitors to the House of Representatives Chamber to help Our Nation's great history come to life for students who have worked hard all year to go on the trip.
When my father was terminally ill during his last year in Congress, I hosted the event in his place, and continued the tradition every single year afterwards.
This event has been an iconic tradition around the Capitol and it takes many people from the Speaker of the House’s Office, Capitol Police, and Capitol Visitor Center Staff to make it possible.
It makes me proud that so many people's lives have been touched by the positive interactions with our Knoxville groups each year.
It is their first time coming to Washington for the majority of the 4th and 5th graders who earn the chance to come on the trip.
I am so honored to be involved in making special memories with them as I visit with them in the House Chamber.
I love hearing all of their great questions, and enjoy seeing how amazed they are at our American History.
While this Saturday's event marked the last Safety Patrol I will have the honor of hosting, it is my hope that our East Tennessee students continue to have the opportunity to come experience Our Nation’s Capital after learning about it in their textbooks, earning good grades, and being great leaders at their schools.