There are several times every year when I think about the armed services of the United States. Days like Independence Day, the anniversary of D-Day, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and others. Many times, I have wanted to let the people who serve our country in this manner know how much I appreciate that service.
On occasion I have had the opportunity to walk up to a serving member of our armed services, shake their hand and say thank you for your service. Nearly every time, the reaction is one of surprise followed by gratitude. It deeply saddens me that the first reaction is surprise.
The men and women who serve in the Armed Services of the United States of America deserve our gratitude and our respect. It is through their sacrifice that we continue to experience the freedom and security we have.
Today is Veteran's Day in the United States. I urge you to find one person who is serving or has served in the armed services and thank them. I will be. Let's make today a special day for these people to whom we owe so much.
To all those who serve and have served to guarantee the freedom and security of the United States of America, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated.