Burgum praises work of North Dakota military members in remarks at North Dakota GOP Convention

(Fargo, ND) – North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, and state leaders, are setting their sights on a lofty goal – becoming the most military-friendly state in the nation.

“It takes more than words to support our troops and our veterans, it takes actions,” Burgum said to those gathered for the North Dakota Republican Party convention Friday in Fargo. “Every year, every session that I’ve been in office, we’ve packed a stack of legislation that adds further support or our military members, their spouses and their families.”

Burgum went on to recognize those who were veterans, active duty, thanking them for their service. He then touched on how the work of those serving impacts all North Dakotans.

“I know that you know something that we wish every American knew. We know all these freedoms and liberty that we enjoy are not free,” he said. “It takes people who are willing to serve and willing to sacrifice.”

North Dakota National Guard troops are currently serving at the southern border. Additionally, the Happy Hooligans are stationed in Fargo, flying remote missions worldwide, Burgum said.

“As we sit here, they are doing it just a mile north of here,” he said. “And all of them, they live up to the motto of our North Dakota National Guard, always ready and always there.”

Burgum said the strategic presence and the global missions of the United States Air Force in Grand Forks and Minot, along with the new Space Force in Cavalier, “we do more than just feed and fuel the world in North Dakota. We are also defending America.”