Today is Veterans Day. It is the day designated to honor the brave men and women who have served our country in both war and peace defending our country's honor and Constitution, protecting our freedoms and preserving our nation's sovereignty.
To our shame we have not always given honor to our warriors. Many veterans have suffered abuse when they returned from war not because they have done anything wrong but because political winds blow against that particular conflict and cause. The current Iraq War is no different. The politicians and the media have turned this conflict into a platform for their own agenda.
Politics, rhetoric, debate and differences in opinion have no place when they cast a shadow over our brave warriors who stand for freedom against great odds and in the face of great danger. Nor do they (politics, rhetoric, etc.) have any justification when rhetoric or politics deny our brave warriors the very protection and tools they need to do their job.
Our warriors - living and dead - are the heroes of our freedom! We will remain the land of the free only as long as we are willing to stand and to support others who stand as warriors against all foes. We will continue to be the home of the brave only by demonstrating our courage to stand tall for right against terror and evil.
God bless America's heroes - living and dead - for their dedication, diligence and sacrifice for freedom!