Congressman Steve Cohen issued today the following statement commemorating Veterans Day, which is celebrated tomorrow, November 11:
“Since the Armistice at the end of World War I, November 11th has been set aside as a day to commemorate those men and women, both living and dead, whose service in uniform has given irrefutable testimony to their loyalty, courage, and love of country. We often take for granted those very things that most deserve our gratitude. It’s easy to forget the reasons we observe the traditional moment of silence at the eleventh hour and let Veterans Day become just another three day weekend.
“Today, let us remember that we are only able to call ourselves ‘the land of the free’ because we are also the home of the brave. We are privileged to enjoy peace and freedom in this country thanks to each and every citizen who chose to put on the uniform and serve. Our debt to those who have volunteered to put their lives at risk on our behalf cannot be measured in words; that is why we must continue to work to ensure that we honor the commitments we have made to our veterans who have retired from the military as well as those who will be returning from the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.”