Veterans Cornerstone to America From Start

Veterans Cornerstone to America From Start

By State Rep. Mike Sanders

“The fate of unborn millions will now depend, under God, on the courage and conduct of the army, our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have, therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.”

This statement was made by George Washington, just before the Battle of Long Island on August 27, 1776. Washington was a brave man who led outnumbered American soldiers into battle to secure for us the right to form our own nation on the highest values. Like many veterans today, he continued to devote himself to his countrymen even after his military service ended. He made sure the high ideals our nation was founded on were woven into the very framework of our government.

I like to think of our first president on Veterans Day because he serves as a prime example of the caliber of men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. They sacrifice their time with loved ones, forgo the protection they ensure, live in often inhospitable parts of the world, delay their education and careers and risk their lives to protect Americans and deter dangerous dictators and groups seeking to prey upon the weak and the oppressed.

Most veterans continue their service to their communities after their return. Organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars raise money for scholarships, fundraise for charities and community causes, mentor young men and women, and look after their fellow veterans who return from service with disabilities.

All Americans owe a tremendous debt of gratitude and respect to the countless citizens who have sacrificed in heeding the nation’s call to service. They command the respect of the American people, and they have our lasting gratitude.

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