From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, the United States has always stood for freedom.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and women and Space Force Guardians have made sure that our nation remains a beacon of hope and democracy for the world.  These men and women in uniform put their service above self, and serve under the fifty stars and thirteen red and white stripes to protect our country and our way of life.

Their sacrifices are the pillars of our nation.  That is why Veterans Day should not be just another day.  It’s a day we pause our lives to thank veterans - for the time away from home and family, for sacrificing birthdays and anniversaries and for their willingness to give their last breaths - all for our freedom.

It’s an honor to represent so many of our nation’s heroes, and on this Veterans Day, I salute each and every single one.