At the beginning of June, four of my colleagues in Congress and I traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We met with hundreds of U.S. service personnel and diplomats, including several hometown heroes from Georgia who are serving on the front lines. I heard the firsthand accounts of soldier after soldier, including many from across the 8th district. These brave individuals remain committed to their mission and are proud to defend our freedoms.
Two weeks ago, my eleven year old son, Wells, was able to join me in Washington for a couple of days. As Vivien, Wells and I toured some of the capital's war memorials, I was reminded that our Armed Forces are a global force for good. Our servicemen and women spread our freedom, democracy and economic opportunity around the world. From battling terror and tyranny in Iraq and Afghanistan to providing humanitarian assistance in the aftermath of natural disasters in Japan and Haiti, the men and women of the U.S. military have always met, and continue to meet, every challenge, truly representing the best that our country has to offer.
From 1776, to World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War and the current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, these men and women have enabled the United States to spread more freedom, save more lives and extend more economic opportunities than any country in the history of mankind. As we look forward to cook outs and fireworks this Fourth of July, we should all take a moment to be thankful to those who are serving overseas to preserve a bright future for this country we love so deeply. This Independence Day, my family and I will be thinking of our Georgia heroes who are celebrating in a land very far away from home. We continue to be humbled by their patriotism and grateful for their service and the service of their families and loved ones.
From our family to yours, may you have a safe Fourth of July and may God bless America.