Blessings of freedom and liberty
are not free
By Senator Ted Stevens
November 11, 2007
Veterans Day is a reminder that the blessings of freedom and
liberty are not free but are paid for by the sacrifice and dedication
of the courageous men and women in uniform who defend our nation.
From left to right:
Senator Ted Stevens, World War II hero Quentin Aanenson, and
documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.
I was honored recently to meet such a hero, Quentin Aanenson,
a fellow World War II veteran, along with Ken Burns, producer
of the renowned documentary series, 'The War.'
Quentin's valiant story as
a fighter pilot is featured in 'The War.' He was working at
Elmendorf as a civilian when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps
in 1943. He flew combat missions over Europe and survived several
close calls when his plane was hit by enemy fire.
Ken Burns' mesmerizing series brilliantly demonstrates the bravery,
sacrifice, and commitment of the men and women, like Quentin,
who fought for freedom and became known as our nation's 'Greatest
I am delighted PBS has supported this important project and it
is my hope that this Veterans Day Alaskans will watch 'The War'
and gain an even greater appreciation for all the men and women
who have served our country in uniform throughout our history.
Today, new threats have brought forth a new 'Greatest Generation,'
men and women, all of whom volunteered to once again defend our
nation. On this Veterans Day, those of us from World War II
proudly call these brave men and women our comrades. I honor
their sacrifice and salute their service.
Received November 09, 2007
- Published November 11, 2007
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