U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) issued the following statement on Independence Day 2008:

“On Independence Day, we are mindful of those who serve or served in our Armed Forces.  We honor the sacrifices that they and their families make in defense of our country.  I have had many opportunities at home and overseas to witness their devotion to duty, their professionalism, and their courage in the midst of the conflicts in which we have asked them to fight.  

“Here in Washington’s 9th Congressional District we are especially proud of and thankful for the service of our Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base service members.  Everyone should take a moment today to be thankful that these brave men and women are willing and ready to stand between our liberty and the enemies that threaten them.”