Today is Veterans Day. On this day, we remember those who have served bravely in the U.S. military from the Nation’s founding through today. We reflect on their heroism and are grateful to them for securing the liberties we enjoy daily.
One evening in September, I went to KCI Airport to welcome home veterans who had traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of an Honor Flight. I had the honor to present a U.S. flag to veteran Eugene Miller, a constituent who had served in World War II, and to thank him for his service to our Country. I’ve had the opportunity to welcome back Honor Flight veterans on several occasions, and each time I do, I’m reminded that we all should serve our country in some form or another. It may not be in the military, but there are many ways that we can give back to this great land and to help perpetuate our liberty.
I am grateful for the men and women who, since the time of the Revolutionary War until now, have valiantly fought and died for the sake of liberty. In remembrance of their “sacrifice upon the altar of freedom,” as President Abraham Lincoln described it, may we strive to lives of honor and virtue, and pass along such values to our children and grandchildren.
Poet Wallace Bruce put it this way:
Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.
On this Veterans Day, I say thank you to all of the veterans and their families. And I will pause to say a prayer that God would bless you. You truly are heroes.