Sen. Begich Veterans Day Message
U.S. Sen. Mark Begich is in Alaska to observe Veterans Day and attend events honoring the occasion. He released the following statement to commemorate the important day:
"Veterans Day marks that time when we, as free Americans, pause to recognize those who have defended our freedom. On November 11, 1918, the guns fell silent on the battle that has become known as the "war to end all wars."
"As we know, many battles were to follow and millions of brave and dedicated Americans stepped forward to serve and defend our country and our ideals. Many of those veterans have made the ultimate sacrifice, and still more suffer today from wounds sustained in the defense of our freedom and democracy.
"With more than 75,000 veterans living in Alaska, we pause each year to recognize these men and women who proudly bear the title of American veteran. These individuals are a testament to the bond that exists between free men and women everywhere and their willingness to stand up to any threat to the fundamental rights and freedoms of a civilized society.
"Freedom is not -- nor has it ever been -- free. We cannot lose sight of the tremendous debt we owe to our veterans. In doing so we must continue to hold their service in the highest regard.
I am proud to join millions of Americans today in offering our veterans our thanks for your sacrifice to this great nation.
"As I continue to work in the U.S. Senate as a member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, I will commit to honor our brave men and women veterans and their families by ensuring we provide the care and support they earned protecting our nation. We should also thank the men and women currently serving our country today, defending freedom and democracy around the world.
"God Bless each of you and God bless America."