Williams: 'We cannot forget our veterans'
Independence Day is a reminder of the courage of America's founding fathers and should always serve as a reminder that freedom and liberty should be preserved at any cost, U.S. Rep. Roger Williams said.
He was slated to serve as grand marshal of the Burleson Lions Club's Independence Day Parade before heavy rains Saturday caused for its postponement. The parade has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9.
"It is a shame. But we need the rain," Williams said. "Being named grand marshal was a big honor for me. We all love this country and are proud to live in the greatest state in the greatest nation in the world."
On July 4, 1776, members of the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, marking the birth of ideals for what would eventually lead to the formation of a nation.
"In how many ways have we, today, weakened our country?" Williams asked. "This day should remind us how great we are and how great we can be with great leadership."
He represents active duty military serving at Fort Hood, and 10 percent of district residents are actively serving or have served in the military.
"Independence Day is a time to remember those who fought, served and gave so much for our country," Williams said. "We should remind ourselves that we cannot forget our veterans."
He's hopeful to be able to return Saturday and lead the parade as grand marshal. The route passes the U.S. Postal Office, which he helped to have named in Sgt. William Moody's honor. He's written other legislation to honor and recognize military service, and has criticized President Barack Obama for "dismantling the military."
Williams remains concerned with the service being offered to veterans through the Veterans Administration hospitals.
"This is a story that seems to have no end. It isn't right. This is a real issue to me," Williams said. "We need to get government out of the health care business. Let's allow our military to see the doctors we all see."
Back in Washington, Williams continues to push his Jump Start America tax reform plan, he said. He's also concerned with the continuing saga of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails.
"This has been a real disaster," Williams said. "The Clintons make up the rules as they go along, and they've been doing that for 25 years. I think we see President [Bill] Clinton on the airplane with the attorney general [Loretta Lynch] as desperation."
Democrat Hillary Clinton is vying for the office of the presidency against Republican Donald Trump.
"What has she done to help our country?" Williams asked. "Another eight-year extension of the failed Obama Administration policies is not what we need. I believe this is our generation's Valley Forge. The American people will get it right."