(WASHINGTON) -- Congresswoman Candice Miller released the following statement Thursday, December 13 to commemorate the 376th birthday of the National Guard:
"On December 13, 1636, the Massachusetts General Court established the first citizen militia in our nation which has grown to become the National Guard. For the last 376 years citizen soldiers have stood tall to secure our freedom in the American Revolution and to protect that freedom until this day. Throughout our history those who serve so bravely in the National Guard have stood tall for liberty. The 376 years of an unbroken line of service in defense of all us is testament to the character of these sons and daughters of liberty from across this great nation.
"We all must continue to stand up strong to support those who serve us. In the coming days Congress will consider the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013. I was proud to help pass strong protections for the Air National Guard in the bill that passed the U.S. House of Representative and I am glad the U.S. Senate has followed our lead and has incorporated similar protections in their version of this important legislation. Now those working to reconcile differences in the two bills must not water down those important protections so that we can continue to support those who so bravely defend us all.
"I wish the National Guard a very happy 376th Birthday and thank all of those who continue to serve and sacrifice in defense of freedom."