WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator and proud Marine, Pat Roberts, has issued the following statement to honor the nation’s veterans for Veterans Day:
“In the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the end of the First Great War came to a close. On this 11th day of the 11th month in 2011, our nation again comes together to pay homage to the men and women who have served our great nation.
“Kansans have a strong tradition of honoring our nation’s veterans. Through the legislative efforts of Alvin J. King and Representative Ed Rees and signed into law by President Eisenhower, Kansas made a historic contribution by proposing the change from Armistice Day to Veterans’ Day. The measure expanded recognition to all veterans of all wars and not just those brave souls in WWI. In fact, Emporia, Kansas, has been recognized as the Founding City of Veterans’ Day.
“Throughout the annals of history, our military men and women have stepped forward to answer the call to duty. Starting with our declaration of independence to the more nebulous fight against terrorism, our nation remains strong – all due to brave Americans serving in our nation’s military with courage and resolve in the face of overwhelming odds.
“We see this same courage and resolve demonstrated daily by the good men and women currently serving in our armed forces throughout the world.
“Every report of a fallen solider serves as a poignant reminder that freedom is not without cost and securing our nation from global threats is not an easy task. But with tragedy we see acts of uncommon valor and great sacrifice for a cause and a deep belief in something bigger than just one person.
“So we honor the more than one million American men and women who have given their lives for their country since our nation’s founding. We honor the more than 23 million living veterans – from the Greatest Generation to the latest generation. And we honor the families of those who have or are serving.
“While our debt to these heroes can never be re-paid I am sure that my fellow Kansans would agree that these liberators and defenders of democracy deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. Semper Fi.”