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A Veterans Day Question

The sun sets behind a C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 17 2010, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, as Soldiers begin boarding.

The sun sets behind a C-17 Globemaster III Nov. 17 2010, at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, as Soldiers begin boarding.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
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Do you enjoy peace and freedom? Do you live in a society based on laws of, by and for the people? Do you vote freely for those who govern at all levels?

If you live in this country; if you are an American citizen, you do. And you owe all that and more to the men and women – your fellow citizens of today and yesterday – who served in the armed forces of the United States.

That service is the price of freedom and the strength of our nation. The price paid by our veterans is real – a real as life lost, as horror endured, as a body torn and disabled. Those who pay that price pay it on behalf of us all. And countless thousands continue paying it long after their military service ends.

Over 23 million veterans, from World War I Doughboys to veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, paid a very personal price for the freedom and security we all enjoy. They paid the price exacted upon this nation in its historic role as world leader and champion of democracy.

They paid the price, ultimately, for your right to be left alone; to not have to worry about personally fulfilling citizenship's highest responsibility – military service. Because others have and continue to pay freedom's very real and very personal price, you can ask, "What have veterans done for me?"

They have made the country you live in possible. They have brought hope to a world historically plagued by despotism, fanaticism and desperate poverty. And they have done this at the risk of their own safety, sanity and future without asking you for one thing in return.

That's what veterans have done for you. Now let me ask you a question: What have you done for our veterans?


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