[r85] Thanking America's heroes (11/7/2013)

Thursday, November 7, 2013 7:00 pm

Start Date:  11/7/2013  Start Time:  12:00 AM
End Date:  11/7/2013    
The month of November is often associated with the Thanksgiving holiday.  Each year, family members gather together to enjoy food and fellowship.  We like to share a nice meal with loved ones, followed by watching a few football games, or perhaps partaking in other family traditions.  As the pilgrims gave thanks for the bountiful harvest, we too give thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon us.  During this season of thanks, it is especially important that we recognize the selfless contributions of countless individuals who have sacrificed so much to protect our free republic.

Those individuals, of course, are our American military veterans.  Over the weekend and on Monday, there have been ceremonies and parades to publicly recognize our nation’s heroes.  While I think these public events are an excellent for us to show our appreciation, they are the very least we can do.  In practice, the thanks we share on Veterans Day should be extended every single day of the year.

The freedoms we enjoy as Americans can be easy to take for granted.  As citizens of the most unique and exceptional nation on earth, we are free to exercise our faith, our voice and our natural right of self-defense, among many other things.  We must remember that these freedoms were not attained without tremendous sacrifice.  

Countless men and women have answered freedom’s call by serving in our armed forces.  Everything we enjoy in this country is owed to these brave individuals.  Without their selfless service, our nation may have never realized the blessings of liberty.  Further, without superior protection over the years, our liberties could have been taken away by enemy forces.

As we reflect on our blessings during this season of thanksgiving, I encourage everyone to thank veterans not only for their personal sacrifice, but also for the quality of life in America that their sacrifice has afforded each of us.  All veterans, particularly those not given a warm welcome home, deserve our appreciation year round.  To all of the veterans, I want to thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for serving our country and protecting our freedom.

Rep. Cox serves a portion of Allen County.

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