“We’re gathered today, just as we have gathered before, to remember those who served, those who fought, those still missing, and those who gave their last full measure of devotion for our country…
One of those who fell wrote, shortly before his death, these words: ‘Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.’
Well, today, Veterans Day, as we do every year, we take that moment to embrace the gentle heroes of Vietnam and of all our wars.
We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacriﬁce if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was.
Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause…
Our liberties, our values, all for which America stands is safe today because brave men and women have been ready to face the ﬁre at freedom’s front.
And we thank God for them.”