U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday honoring Veterans Day:
“Tomorrow is Veterans Day, the day we set aside to honor the service and sacrifice of the heroic men and women who have served in the United States armed forces.
“America remains a beacon of freedom throughout the world today because of the commitments and sacrifices they have made. Over the years, many brave Americans donned their country’s uniform to ensure that we would remain safe and free here at home.
“That effort continues today, as our fighting forces courageously defend freedom from threats in Afghanistan and Iraq, and elsewhere around the world.
“My own home State of Kentucky has a proud military history, and today is home to both Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, which together house thousands of soldiers. Many have gone from vital training at these two posts on to protecting their nation in the heart of the fight in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“So tomorrow, as America takes a moment to thank these brave men and women who have fought to preserve our way of life, and to remember the heroes who did not return home, we will also give special thanks for the men and women in uniform who are currently in harm’s way.
“Later today, the Fort Hood community will honor the victims of the tragic shootings there last week. We were all shocked by this assault on American soldiers right in the heart of the post they called home. We mourn their loss, and we pray for the victims and their families. In the midst of this terrible tragedy, we also saw the courage of many troops and civilian law enforcement. And we thank these brave men and women for the dedication they showed in putting themselves in harm’s way.
“So we honor every American who has fought for this country. And we recognize that this country was built on what they have sacrificed.”
Cartoon by Brett Noel.