Veterans Day is such an important holiday because when we pause to consider the sacrifices that are made on our behalf; we are reminded of the importance of our ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The brave men and women who have served our country are a barrier between us and the injustice and violence we see in much of the world.
In the founding of this nation, regular citizens took up arms to help liberate the United States from Great Britain. President George Washington, our Founding Father and first president, was a general who fought for independence. In every war and battle since, our military men and women have fought to preserve those freedoms and protect American lives.
When Nazi Germany and the Axis of Evil attempted to conquer Europe and even beyond, it was the American military working with Allies that helped end one of the largest scale wars of all time. Since World War II, we have been involved in various conflicts and battles around the world, attempting to ensure the survival of democracies against tyrants.
Today, the American military continues to serve us against the threats of terrorism. As radical Islam continues to threaten the safety of the world and as dangerous world leaders emerge such as Vladimir Putin, it is our troops that work to stabilize the world.
I know that the families of American military men and women also sacrifice a lot towards the effort. They go long periods away from their loved ones and sometimes lose their loved ones to battle. We can never forget the ultimate sacrifice made by some individuals.
On behalf of House District 59, I want to thank our local veterans for their service and wish them a Happy Veterans Day. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your courage.
During the interim I will be traveling the district, but will regularly check the calls I receive at the Capitol office at (405) 557-7407.