WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ander Crenshaw, Chairman of the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee and Member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, issued the following statement ahead of Independence Day, Saturday, July 4:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – Declaration of Independence
“This weekend, as we celebrate the 239th year of our nation’s independence, the familiar opening words of our Declaration of Independence reminds us that the freedom we all enjoy has come about from the sacrifices of relatively few. We remember our Founding Fathers who faced certain death if apprehended by British authorities, the citizen soldiers who took up arms in the face of tyranny on Boston’s Lexington Green, and the men that fell on the battlefields of our revolution. This Independence Day we also remember the men and women who have chosen to wear the uniform of our nation and who, like the 56 men who signed our founding document, ‘mutually pledge their Lives, their Fortunes and their sacred Honor.’
“In our community, we have service men and women from every service, and every walk of life. We must continue to remember the sacrifices that these brave Americans are making for us and must remember the families that also sacrifice to support them. It is truly an honor to represent our military community on Capitol Hill and to work every day to ensure that our service men and women have the tools, training, and resources they need to accomplish the jobs that their country calls them to do.
“My unwavering commitment: Congress’s most sacred duty is ‘to provide for the common defense’ of our nation. Everything this country has accomplished was built on the foundation of our national security. My highest priority has always been to provide our service members what they need to protect our national security at First Coast bases and around the world. I work toward that goal every day as a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for funding the Defense Department.
“Our Nation is great because there are men and women willing to sacrifice for the good of our Country. On this 4th of July, while we spend time with friends and family, I say ‘Thank You’ to those who have served our country and especially those who are at this moment deployed and are not able to join us at home. I will continue to work for our military and do everything I can to keep the defense community strong in Northeast Florida and to ensure our Veterans get the benefits they have earned.
“The First Coast is, and will continue to be, an anchor of national security, and that anchor is made up of the brave men and women who serve. Happy Independence Day!”