Lawmakers recognize Veterans Day

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(WEHT) – Tri-State lawmakers are recognizing the service of our nation’s veterans on Monday.

On the Senate floor, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, “Their efforts are the reason why this chamber exists, why it still stands, and why American self-government and American freedom endure.”

Here are Sen. McConnell’s full remarks:

“On Monday, our nation will observe Veterans Day. Some will gather here in our nation’s capital, at the proud monuments which pay enduring tribute to the service and sacrifices of generations of brave servicemembers. Many more will mark the day in ceremonies in small towns and cities across the country. And, of course, many Americans will have veterans to thank firsthand in their own families and neighborhoods.

My own father’s Army service took him to the heart of the battle for Europe in 1945. His company sustained heavy losses. When he returned home, he traded his uniform for a briefcase and went back to work in our community.

Perhaps the only thing more remarkable than the heroic service that generations of veterans have offered, at home and overseas, is the fact that they come home and keep on serving in new ways.

As fathers and mothers, as skilled workers, entrepreneurs, or educators, and in every case, as a custodian of a unique part of our nation’s collective memory. It is a cliché, but it is a cliché for good reason: The land of the free – because of the brave.

The Senate will not be in session on Monday, as we honor Veterans Day. But I know that each of our members will be remembering and giving thanks for all veterans, and for those brave men and women serving today.

Their efforts are the reason why this chamber exists, why it still stands, and why American self-government and American freedom endure.”

US Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) is asking all Hoosiers to recognize those who have served in the armed forces on Veterans Day.

Sen. Young, who served in the US Marine Corps, released this statement Monday:

“In the Marine Corps, our slogan is Semper Fidelis, meaning ‘always faithful’ to our nation and to those who protect it. Today, on Veterans Day, we pause to thank the men and women who bravely served our nation in the armed forces. I ask all Hoosiers to join me in recognizing the courage and sacrifice of our veterans, whose service has kept our nation safe through times of uncertainty and ensured our American liberties for years to come. Thank you, happy Veterans Day.”

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(This story was originally published on November 11, 2019)

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