Thanking American Heroes on Veterans Day
This Sunday in 1918, at eleven o’clock in the morning—the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month—the armistice signed between the allies of World War I and Germany officially ended World War I. Today, we remember this occasion by honoring our men and women who have fought for our country on Veterans Day. As Americans, we value nothing more than our freedom and we all understand that it comes at a high price.
Our freedom allows us to do great things, to be an example for other countries, to stand up for our principles and to work towards the American Dream. Freedom is what defines Americans and it is the promise we pass along to the next generation. However, freedom is always challenged, always tested and will always need to be defended. This is why we are eternally grateful to those who wear our uniform and defend our way of life.
Our military has faced endless threats since our country’s founding and every time, without fail, the United States’ armed forces have proven to be the best of the best. We honor those who serve, but we are also inspired by their commitment to excellence in everything they do. I want take a moment to remind veterans and their families about the services my offices and I can provide for them.
We can help answer questions about veteran benefits, retrieve misplaced service related documents (DD214 is the most common), secure lost service medals or medals that were never issued and we can act as a liaison between you and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, there are some services that are available to all constituents that you may be interested in like requesting a flag to be flown over the United States Capitol Building in someone’s honor or scheduling a tour of all of the great sites in Washington, D.C.
As I do every year, I encourage all Americans to reach out and express your deepest appreciation to a veteran for all they have sacrificed in the name of freedom. There will never be enough words to show how grateful we are for their service, but simply saying, “thank you” is a start.
May God bless our veterans and our active duty military personnel on the front lines and may God bless the United States of America.