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Murkowski Lauds US Troops for Service in Iraq


March 20, 2004
Saturday - 1:30 am

In marking the first anniversary on Friday of the start of the Iraqi Campaign in the Global War on Terrorism, Governor Frank H. Murkowski released the following statement:

"It is important for all of us to take a moment to reflect upon the sacrifices of our military forces - soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen, including members of the Reserves and our Alaska National Guard who've served there so far.

More than 1,000 Alaskans have stepped forward to answer the call. Their families - in their own way - parents, spouses, and children have also answered the same call.

What we've seen, so far, is a nation reborn from the ashes of tyranny and oppression to the light of freedom and liberty. Thanks to the efforts of coalition forces, more than 30 million people are experiencing a new and open society. As Alaskans, as citizens of this Republic, we know the price that free people pay.

For members of our Alaska National Guard and Reserves, the role of local employers across the state continues to have great significance. Their contributions, their interest, and their support remains central to the success of what our deployed forces are able to accomplish.

Our jobs are not done. In the days ahead, more toil, more sacrifice, more effort will be needed to root out the terrorists. But, I believe that we can and will be successful."


Source of News Release:

Office of the Governor
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