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VIDEO: Foster Recognizes Joliet’s Star Wars Day

Jun 12, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) spoke on the House floor to recognize the Joliet Public Library’s Fifth Annual Star Wars Day.

Star Wars Day, which began in 2010 with just a handful of costumers, is one of the largest one-day Star Wars events in the world.

Video of Foster’s speech is available here.

Full text of Foster’s speech is below:

Madam. Speaker, as a scientist, it’s not often I come to the floor to speak out on works of science fiction, but I rise today to recognize the Fifth Annual Star Wars Day, hosted by the Joliet Public Library on Saturday June 7th, 2014.

The event not only brings the community together into the historic and welcoming streets of downtown Joliet, but also promotes literacy, science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun and exciting atmosphere that captivates young minds.

Thanks to the Library’s Star Wars Day, no Jedi mind tricks are needed to get children to read over the summer.

In its five years, Star Wars Day has grown to over 7,000 attendees, thanks to the hard work of many people.

And as the Star Wars parade marched proudly down Ottawa Street, with Imperial Storm Troopers, Jedi Knights and Ewoks in full costume, I would like to especially recognize the sand people, who of course marched single file to hide their numbers.

Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me today in recognizing the Joliet Public Library for their efforts to promote library services, literacy, and STEM education with the Fifth Annual Star Wars Day.

I yield back.