The State House of Representatives took time from its busy schedule Friday to pay tribute to the men and women of the Washington National Guard. We have two audio reports on House leaders honoring citizen-soldiers. Here is Dan Frizzell from the Washington State House Democratic Caucus:
Washington House Republicans’ John Sattgast filed this report:
Frizzell: It’s an annual affair lawmakers on both sides of the party aisle look forward to, the chance to put legislation aside and celebrate Washington’s 8,000 members of the National Guard. The resolution honoring the Guard was introduced by Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, and one of the most impassioned floor speeches was delivered by Representative Christine Kilduff, a Democrat whose Pierce County district is home to the state’s National Guard headquarters.
KILDUFF: “When there’s a wildfire they run toward it. When there’s a flood they show up with shovels and sandbags. And when our nation calls, they fly halfway around the world to risk their lives on our behalf. So on this day, I hope they hear our admiration. I hope they hear our respect. And I hope they hear our deepest, deepest thanks.” [:25]
Frizzell: After the resolution passed unanimously, leaders of the Air and Army National Guard visited with Democrats and Republicans in their respective caucus rooms to brief them on current Guard activities and worldwide deployments. In Olympia, I’m Dan Frizzell.
SATTGAST: The chamber gallery was filled with members of the Washington National Guard and their families who watched as the House passed a resolution commending the Guard for safeguarding lives and property. State Representative Jesse Young serves the 26th District, which has a strong military presence with the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. He called the National Guard his “super heroes.”
YOUNG: “Gosh I wonder if the reason I have such an honor in my heart is because of events like this. Because ordinary citizens can stand up and look you in the face and tell you that we are grateful. That we have a love in our heart for you. That even if we don’t always express our appreciation in a way that you would expect us to, that you know at the end of the day that this nation honors you.”
SATTGAST: The Washington Territorial Militia, which later became the Washington National Guard, was created by Major Issac Stevens in 1853, who served as the state’s first governor. House Resolution 4663, honoring the guard members and their families, was approved unanimously. John Sattgast, Olympia.