PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline spent the Christmas holidays in Baghdad, Iraq where he thanked American troops for their service and sacrifice during the holiday season. During his visit, Cicilline met and had dinner with Rhode Islanders who are among the 3,000 American troops currently serving in Iraq. Cicilline, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also participated in multiple briefings on the status of American military operations in the region.
“It was an incredibly humbling experience to spend Christmas in Iraq with the brave men and women of the United States Armed Forces and to have the opportunity to thank them on behalf of all Rhode Islanders. Our troops and their families are making extraordinary sacrifices in service to our nation and their example is an inspiration to us all,” said Cicilline. “Those who have served our country in uniform embody the very best that our country has to offer. They deserve our strong support and deep gratitude. I wish all of our troops, their families, and loved ones a safe and happy holiday.”