file photo of Rep. Bill Young speaking with reporters
Pinellas Park, Florida - Hundreds of members of the community attended the visitation of Congressman C.W. Bill Young in Pinellas Park on Wednesday evening.
The event was held at the C.W. Bill Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park on Grand Boulevard North in the Gateway area.
Among those who attended was Sergeant Michael Nicholson, a member of the Marines who was severely injured on the battle field.
"I was wounded in Afghanistan in July of 2011." said Nicolson.
The congressman and his family visited Nicolson at Walter Reed Medical Center where he was being treated after losing his right arm and both legs.
"All throughout my recovery they had been there every step of the way making sure everything was right up there at Walter Reed," he said.
Florida's commissioner for the Department of Agriculture spoke of Young's years of bipartisanship during his 43 years in Congress.
"The passion that he brought to the job, the respect that he earned from all of his peers from both sides of the isle and you'll see that reflected in all the members of Congress showing up for his funeral services tomorrow," said Adam Putnam.
There were also those who remembered how the congressman would pull off the impossible.
"During sequestration, he was able to get 20 million dollars for the USO headquarters," said Walt Lamerton, Former Board Chair, USO Tampa Bay.
The Young family released a statement on Wednesday evening thanking members of the public for attended:
"Our family would like to thank the thousands of people who have come out this evening to pay their respects to our husband, our father and our grandfather. He touched so many lives over his 53 years of public service to the people of our nation, our state and our community. He loved this community and this is a special moment to see that love shared by so many this evening."