[r52] Taking time to salute our veterans (11/10/2011)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Start Date: 11/10/2011
End Date: 11/10/2011
The American flag is a symbol of freedom, honor and sacrifice. We use the flag at sporting events to sing our national anthem, in our schools as we pledge allegiance to our country, and throughout our neighborhoods displayed on the front porches of our homes.

Our troops have made the freedom our flag represents a reality for all Americans through their service, courage, and dedication to the United States. This Veteran’s Day it is our duty as citizens to stop and recognize the sacrifices of our soldiers both past and present.
Indiana is home to nearly 550,000 veterans with 75 Hoosiers, two who are still living, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in testimony to their courage and sacrifices. With so many Hoosiers who have given their time to keep Indiana and our country safe, Veterans Day is a time for us to come together to say thank you to veterans and take time to recognize the sacrifices made for our state and for our country.

The state of Indiana has taken steps in saluting our veterans and current members of the Armed Forces by making new special license plates and driver’s licenses available for Veterans. The new plates will replace a generic Hoosier veteran plate with new options that have the specific branch of the U.S. military’s emblem displayed. Available with 2012 registration renewals, the new plates can be ordered at myBMV.com or at any BMV license branch. A $15 registration charge applies with the fee going to the Military Family Relief Fund, administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

There are so many ways you can show respect and honor for our veterans this Veterans Day through attending a local Veterans Day program or just saying thank you to a soldier. If you are unable to attend a program, the Lieutenant Governor is putting on the sixth annual ‘Hoosier Cheer for Our Heroes’ card and letter campaign, which is an initiative that sends cards to our troops overseas. You can send a handwritten card to the Lt. Governor’s office or go online to www.engreet.com and follow the Hoosier Cheer link to send a personalized card that the company will mail. Visit www.in.gov/lg for more information on this opportunity.

I also would encourage you to join your fellow Americans for the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 p.m. local time. The moment of remembrance is an annual event that encourages all Americans to pause across the country to remember and honor our troops.

So when you see the American flag displayed in our grocery stores, embroidered patches on articles of clothing or sung to at a school sporting event, let’s remember those who sacrificed for the symbol of our freedom. Many of us have co-workers, family members, neighbors, who have served and are even currently fighting for our freedom. This Veterans Day, please join me in saluting them.

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