WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Bush returned to the White House Wednesday morning after addressing troops and families at a West Virginia Air National Guard hangar.
Mr. Bush traveled by Marine One to Martinsburg, where he shook hands with soldiers of the 167th Airlift Wing. Discussing the war in Iraq, Mr. Bush told the crowd, “Victory in this struggle will require more patience, more courage, and more sacrifice. And we've lost some good men and women in this fight. And so, on this Fourth of July, we pause to remember the fallen and the grieving families they have left behind. We hold them in our hearts, we lift them up in our prayers, and we pledge to honor their memory by finishing the work for which they have given their life.”
A White House spokesman said the President will spend the rest of the day with friends and family, including his parents and daughters. They will mark the Fourth, and also have an early celebration for the President’s 61st birthday, two days away.
– CNN Political Desk Managing Director Steve Brusk