The White House, President George W. Bush Click to print this document

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 3, 2001

Statement by the President

I was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of 21 members of the Florida and Virginia National Guard aboard a C-23 transport plane that crashed this morning outside Macon, Georgia. This tragic loss on a routine training mission reminds us of the sacrifices made each and every day by all of our men and women in uniform. The price of freedom is never free. Today's events remind us that it is sometimes unspeakably high. On behalf of the entire Bush family, I extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to all members of the 171st Aviation Battalion of the Florida Army National Guard and the 203rd Redhorse Flight of the Virginia Air National Guard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time.

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