In Honor of Veterans
By U.S. Senator Ted Stevens
November 11, 2005
It has been more than 50 years since those of us who served during
World War II returned home. The patriotism and bravery
I witnessed firsthand during our war is part of a larger American
story, which began with the first shot at Lexington and Concord
and has been written in the forest of Argonne, on the beaches
of Normandy, and on the deck of the USS Arizona. A new
chapter is written every time freedom is threatened and Americans
answer the call to defend it.
Over 200 years ago, our Founding Fathers began the Great American
Experiment. They set out to create a government defined
by its commitment to liberty and freedom. The Global War
on Terror is this century's proving ground for these ideals.
"Veterans' Day is a reminder that the great American story
of courage, bravery, and sacrifice continues. Today, it
is being written in the deserts of Iraq and Afghanistan, where
the men and women of our armed forces - all volunteers - are
helping the people of those countries build their emerging democracies.
As Abraham Lincoln told the crowd which gathered at Gettysburg,
the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform ensure "that
government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall
not perish from the earth." We are comrades in the
deepest sense of the word, and I salute their service.
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