Rep. Jesse Young leads House to honor Washington National Guard


Legislator: Rep. Jesse Young
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SUGGESTED LEAD: 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. John Sattgast reports from the state Capitol.

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 appreciate or 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.

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