Today, we salute and remember those who were called upon to defend our ideals and preserve our liberties. It is for their sacrifices that we stand as the land of the free and the home of the brave. Those who have selflessly served under the Stars and Stripes call themselves veterans. However, we gratefully refer to them as American heroes.
It is my highest duty and honor to represent the veterans of Louisiana’s 5th District. Hearing their stories of sacrifice and bravery, and having the opportunity to learn about their war-time experiences, leaves me deeply proud and forever indebted.
Because of the valor, resolve, and love of country embodied by our men and women in uniform, we have the privilege to live our lives in freedom. They are humble champions whose devotion and service have left an indelible model of character on our culture. From the Minutemen of the Revolutionary War to the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of today, America’s heroes have never failed to answer our nation’s call to arms.
With more than 150,000 of our sons and daughters currently deployed in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, a new generation is answering the call of duty without fail. They are fighting to keep terrorism off our soil, and to bring the gift of peace to regions of the world once deemed unthinkable.
Although no single tribute or day could suffice to fully honor their service, Veterans Day serves as a strong reminder of how our nation’s liberty and integrity continues to be preserved by the dedication of our armed forces. This date underscores our country’s commitment to its veterans and their families and serves as a beacon of the debt for which we will never be able to pay. Today, our nation stands together to celebrate the American hero.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, represents the 5th Congressional District and serves on the House Appropriations Committee. He can be reached at the Monroe District Office (318-322-3500), the Alexandria District Office (318-445-0818) or Washington, D.C. (202-225-8490.) Visit Alexander’s Web site at alexander.house.gov or write him at 316 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515.