by Senator Ted Stevens
November 11, 2004
Today, our men and women in uniform are engaged in the global war on terror. They are fighting a different war in a different time, but the dangers are just as real and the sacrifices just as heroic.
The men and women who wear the uniform today are our nation's next "Greatest Generation." We share a common bond. We are comrades in the deepest sense of the word, and I salute their service.
This Veterans Day I am reminded of the words of Harold Russell. The day after the attack on Pearl Harbor Russell volunteered to serve in the army. He lost both of his hands during World War II, and for the rest of his life he lived by this motto: "It is not what you have lost, but what you have left that counts."
The history of America's veterans
is one of loss, sacrifice, and the legacy of freedom they have
left behind. Today, we honor all Americans who have answered
the call to serve.
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