By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) today issued the following statement on the Fourth of July holiday:
“This Fourth of July we celebrate the 237th anniversary of our founding fathers joining together and declaring our nation free from the binds of tyranny. Around this time, groups of simple farmers were forming makeshift militias to fight for the freedom of their young nation. It is in that same tradition that brave young men and women join our nation’s military today.
“I followed in this tradition when I joined the Marine Corps and proudly defended our nation. So on this Independence Day, as we come together to celebrate the birth of our nation, I hope that you will join me in taking a moment to reflect upon the freedoms we cherish and the sacrifices made to secure them.
“As Americans, we have much to celebrate, even as we face major challenges. The Fourth of July is just a single holiday but its celebration serves as a reminder of the great history we all share.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.