Today, we take a pause from our daily routines to reflect on the sacrifices made by our Nation’s veterans and to thank these heroes for their service to our country. For generations, service members have bravely defended our country and our freedoms – giving America the strength and security to flourish. For this, we are forever grateful.
The sacrifices that veterans willingly endure cannot be overstated. I am reminded of when my Uncle Mike was called to deploy for the Gulf War. We didn’t need words to describe how we felt that day. I remember the worry on my aunt’s face as he was leaving behind a young family. Amidst the fear and concern though was our shared inspiration by his steadfast determination to serve his country.
It takes a very special and courageous person to stand in the line of fire for freedoms’ sake. I am grateful to live in a country where so many men and women valiantly defend our families and the values that we hold so dearly.
America’s veterans embody the spirit and ideals our Nation was founded upon – and our liberties are secure because of their sacrifice. These patriots give us the freedom to live without fear, to elect leaders through a democratic process, and to chase after our dreams.
It is unreasonable to think that our debt to these brave heroes can ever be fully repaid. But we can offer our sincere and heartfelt appreciation to those who have served in our military. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do to ensure our safety and protect our nation’s freedoms.