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Congressman Ted Poe today hosted a ceremony officially naming the United States Post Office in Cleveland, Texas in honor of Lance Corporal Robert A. Martinez. Congressman Poe sponsored legislation that was recently signed into law designating the facility as the Lance Corporal Robert A. Martinez Post Office Building.

I applaud Congress for joining me in honoring one of Texas fallen heroes, Lance Cpl. Robert A. Martinez, said Poe. This is a fitting tribute to a Marine who was deeply devoted to his community and our country. Robbie is a heroic representative of the State of Texas and an honorable defender of liberty and freedom.

Lance Cpl. Martinez graduated from Cleveland High School in 2003. A pitcher for the baseball team, his goal was to attend college and become a coach. Those plans were put on hold, however, as Martinez felt a deep need to answer the call of duty. At the age of 17, before beginning his senior year at Cleveland High School, Martinez pre-enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He left for basic training two days after graduation.

Lance Cpl. Martinez spent seven months on the Syrian border in 2004, and returned to Iraq in July 2005. On Thursday, December 1, 2005, Martinez was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device. Lance Cpl. Robert A. Martinez, of the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, First Marine Division, was only 20 years of age.

Congressman Poe was joined at the ceremony by Robert Martinezs family, representatives of the United States Postal Service, Cleveland High School Principal Mr. Mike Ogden, Cleveland Mayor Clifton Wilridge, members of the Cleveland High School Air Force Junior ROTCand citizens of Cleveland, Texas.

The ceremony concluded with a F-16 Aircraft - 147th Fighter Wing flyover, a rendition of TAPS by the Cleveland High School Royal Braves Band and a flyover by two United States Army Reserve Apache Helicopters. A reception followed at the Cleveland High School Gym.

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