Nov 11 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement today in observance of Veterans Day:
"Courage is often talked about but seldom witnessed. But there are some whose courage never fails to inspire us all: our nation’s veterans. Each year on November 11, Americans come together to celebrate and honor our nation’s veterans – the generations of men and women who have served our country with valor. It is a day when we express our gratitude for the service and sacrifice of those who have protected our way of life and allowed us to remain the strongest, freest and greatest nation in the world. Our nation’s veterans did not sacrifice for Republicans or Democrats; they sacrificed for the greater good of our country.
“I spent this morning with veterans in Leavenworth where I had the opportunity to show my appreciation for their service at the Leavenworth County Veterans Day Parade – the oldest Veterans Day parade west of the Mississippi. This afternoon, I am humbled to have the privilege of presenting several service medals, including the Purple Heart, to Korean War veteran Charles Wilber. Charlie was injured in November 1951 when an enemy grenade landed in his foxhole. Although he was wounded, he continued to fight alongside the men of his company until he was no longer able. This Veterans Day, sixty years after his injury, this distinguished war hero received the honor he deserves.
“I hope this Veterans Day, you take the time to honor and celebrate the veterans in your life. Whether it’s your sister, dad, grandpa or neighbor, take a moment to thank them for their courage and sacrifice, which has preserved the freedoms we all enjoy today.”
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