The Ultimate Sacrifice

By Rep. Mike Sanders

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” This phrase originated with Elmer Davis, an award-winning journalist who served as director of the United State Office of War Information during World War II.

U.S. troops have a long proud history of defending the nation. From the American Revolutionary War to our current endeavors in the Middle East, America’s military service members have proudly looked out for the safety of their countrymen. On Memorial Day, we recognize those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the nation – our fallen service members.

After all these years, the death of Osama bin Laden is a reminder of the resolve and professionalism of our U.S. military. The current U.S. struggle against global terrorism has not been easy on American troops or their families. Yet, they have endured and we have seen them succeed in slowly stabilizing the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Brave men and women have protected the U.S. throughout history. American soldiers brought down terrible threats to global security in the two World Wars. They fought bravely in the Vietnam and Korean conflicts and Operation Desert Storm. Even when we are not at war, the military is always active in defending the country.

We will never forget the price of freedom – the sacrifices of brave men and women who helped defend our country and our rights. They deserve our everlasting gratitude and praise.

As always, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at the Capitol at (405) 557-7407.

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