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Sen. Ernst pays tribute Cpl. Page on Senate floor

Published: Sep. 15, 2021 at 1:41 PM CDT
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(WOWT) - Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst took time on the floor early this afternoon to pay an emotional tribute to the late Cpl. Daegan Page.

With plenty of emotion, Sen. Ernst began her address around 11:55 a.m. Wednesday.

Cpl. Page’s tragic passing struck very close to home as the senator and the fallen Marine both hail from Red Oak, Iowa. Ernst said she knows and grew up with Cpl. Page’s family and described him as “a young man from Red Oak who truly represents greatness of the state, our country, and the U.S. Marines.”

She said he was always a hero to his family even before he became a Marine.

Ernst, who is a combat veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, had tears in her eyes throughout her tribute and asked everyone to keep all of the Page family in thought and prayer.

She said they told her: “Joni, please just let everyone know what an amazing young man Daegan was.”

“So, while Daegan was a tough Marine,” said Sen. Ernst. “He really was, again, an amazing young man, he was fun-loving and had a giant heart and a soft spot for animals.”

Cpl. Page had three dogs: Shia, Graice, and Finn. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts while growing up in Red Oak and Omaha.

“Daegan’s family says he loved the brotherhood of the Marines and was proud to serve as a member of the Second Battalion First Marine Regiment at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California,” Ernst said.

Her tribute follows that of Sen. Ben Sasse, who offered his condolences Tuesday:

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