We are deeply indebted to our veterans for the freedom we enjoy.
I encourage all, those who have served and those who have not to reflect upon the freedoms we enjoy and thank a veteran today.
Please remember in your prayers, those men and women who are presently serving our country and ask our heavenly father to embrace the souls of the so very many men and women who gave their all for us. No one segment of our nation's population has been asked to do more for their country than veterans. In fact, our veterans have secured a peaceful future for many other nations across the world. Still today, ceremonies are held in many regions in Europe to honor the American veterans who liberated their towns.
I have noticed that some veterans share stories about how their service changed their lives; others keep memories of war experiences tucked deep inside. All veterans fought for something greater than themselves - to protect freedom and the innocent by defeating tyranny and terrorism - and they have literally changed the world for the better. Even those veterans who served during peacetime or never saw action are to be respected and honored. They gave what should have been some of the most productive years of their life in the service of the common good.
I would like to share this little verse with you:
It is the veteran, not the preacher,
who has given you freedom of religion.
It is the veteran, not the reporter,
who has given you freedom of the press.
It is the veteran, not the poet,
who has given you freedom of speech.
It is the veteran, not the protesters,
who has given you freedom to assemble.
It is the veteran, not the lawyer,
who has given you the right to a fair trial.
It is the veteran, not the politician,
who has given you the right to vote.
Let us salute all veterans and those in the military for their courage and commitment-they are all American patriots. Let us also remember that their families have made enormous sacrifices to support their loved one as he or she answered the call to defend America and to preserve democracy worldwide.