All-volunteer 'Greatest Generation'
By Sen. Ted Stevens
November 13, 2006
Sixty years ago I returned home from World War II, having served
alongside men and women who later became known as our 'Greatest
Generation.' I am still humbled by their patriotism and bravery.
Those of us left who lived through that dark period of history
see the heroism and bravery of those who serve today - we know
in our hearts the mantle has been passed. We have a new, all-volunteer
Only an extraordinary person can do the job asked of the men
and women who wear our uniform. Our nation faces new threats
and determined enemies, but they are preserving freedom and protecting
When I was a boy, Veterans' Day was observed in memory of those
who served during World War I. Today, it offers us a chance
to reflect on and remember the valor of millions of Americans
who have answered the call to serve throughout our history.
My prayers - and the prayers of our grateful nation - are with
each of these courageous men and women, and with those who have
given their lives to continue to protect our freedoms.
Received November 10, 2006 - Published November 13, 2006
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