Washington’s military brass got a warm embrace from the state’s cities Wednesday when an association of local governments signed a “community covenant” affirming their support for the armed forces.
The covenant doesn’t bind local governments to any specific initiatives. It’s a gesture of goodwill honoring the more than 66,000 members of the military stationed in Washington.
“They are our neighbors, they are our parents, our brothers, our friends,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire, who signed the covenant at a conference in Olympia for the Association of Washington Cities.
Rising military spending in the state contrasted with the budget gloom facing the …