Steering clear of party politics, Republicans used their weekly video address to pay a holiday tribute to American troops serving overseas as well as to doctors, nurses and first responders at home.

“As a Vietnam veteran myself, I know the stress of being separated at this time of year,” Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) said during the GOP address. “To those wearing the uniform in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world at this hour, know that we are behind you and we join your loved ones in praying for your safe return home.

“To those standing watch closer to home — all the doctors, nurses, and emergency responders working around the clock, we thank you, as well. We don’t always realize how much these tireless individuals give of themselves to patients and their families.

Pitts, first elected in 1996, is known as a staunch opponent of abortion, and while he didn’t mention the issue directly in his speech, he said “the story of Christmas also reminds us of the radiant glory of human life.”

“As we look ahead to the new year,” Pitts added, “let us resolve to do all that is within our power to share the light of life here and throughout the world.”

The Pennsylvania congressman also said Americans should resolve “to keep our pledge to honor families, marriage and the faith and values upon which this great nation was founded.”

Republicans often use the weekly address to rebut President Obama and criticize Democratic policies, but Pitts made no mention of the president, Congress or either party in his Christmas Eve address.