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With the recent commemoration of Veterans Day, Americans across this country had the opportunity to honor the lives and sacrifices of the men and women in our nation’s armed forces past and present. They have dedicated themselves to securing the safety and freedom of their fellow Americans by putting the needs of their country before their own. We enjoy rights and freedoms unmatched by any other nation in the world and it is these brave servicemen and women who have made and continue to make that possible.
President Calvin Coolidge once said, “the nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten”. It often takes a day like Veterans Day to pause and remember the values and principles that this nation was founded upon. But we must not simply rely on a holiday marked on our calendars. We, as Americans, must remember every day of the year those who have sacrificed in honor of our American principles. These are the veterans of our wars, past, present and future -- they are the ones who have stood guard over the principles that have created this great nation. And it is in their memory and names that we must commit to ourselves that we will never forget their sacrifices, that we will not allow their blood to have been shed in vain and that we will, every day, act in accordance with those principles that they fought for. We must always pay tribute to those who have made our nation great, strong, and most importantly – free.
In addition to our veterans we must never forget the courageous men and women who are currently serving our country. It is virtually impossible to sufficiently convey our appreciation or adequately express our unyielding pride for those who currently wear the uniform. At this very moment they are serving on aircraft carriers in distant oceans, keeping the peace on volatile borders, and patrolling the skies of international hot spots. It is these brave individuals who are working hard to make our nation stronger and safer for future generations while working to preserve the freedoms that we as Americans hold dear.
Their work is difficult, lonely, and often very dangerous. Our troops have volunteered to defend our country wherever and whenever they are called, and they are executing their mission with professionalism and unparalleled courage. We can all be proud of their selfless work.
Finally, I want to express my sincerest appreciation to our military families. They have made countless and often unrecognized sacrifices. Their constant love and support is so vitally important to our armed forces. The nation owes all of our military families a tremendous debt of gratitude.
From the earliest days of our nation, our American patriots have left their families behind, left their jobs and put their lives on the line. We must never forget that it is through their sacrifice that our nation remains the land of the free, and the home of the brave.