Veterans Day is an opportunity to thank the men and women of our Armed Forces who have served to keep us safe and guard the freedoms enshrined in our founding documents — now, and throughout our history.
In his first inaugural address, President Ronald Reagan shared the personal story of Private Martin Treptow, a young soldier who lost his life in World War I. On his person, they found a diary that included these words:
“America must win this war. Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.”
The patriot spirit described by Private Treptow is one that still defines the resolve and character of those men and women of every generation who have served in our nation’s military. They answered the call to defend our liberty and their dedication remains an example of valor and selflessness, whether here at home or across the oceans.
Many of our communities will have parades or ceremonies this weekend. While we set aside November 11th of each year as a day to honor and express thanks to current and former service members and their families, it is also a reminder to do so all year round.
We cannot fully repay them for the sacrifices they have made, but we can do all we can to let them know how grateful we are and that they are never forgotten.
To all those who have served and continue to serve, thank you.