The truest description of the United States is “The home of the free because of the brave.” Every man, woman and child owes our armed forces veterans from every conflict an everlasting debt of gratitude every day, but especially on this 11th day of the 11th month: Veterans Day.
Whenever our nation has called, working men and women left their jobs, homes and families to serve a greater good, the defense of every American and everything Americans hold dear. They defended and preserved our rights in this blessed land governed by the rule of law, our cherished Constitution.
As our parades and musical tributes today honor every veteran who stood proud and brave under Old Glory, we must also honor their sacrifices by strengthening the rights our heroes stood for, and which they still stand for: The right of every American to participate in our democracy by voting, and for every vote to count. The right to organize into unions and bargain collectively, maintaining our middle-class American way of life.
We can honor our veterans today and every day by advocating for Congressional passage of the Freedom to Vote Act and the Protecting the Right to Organize Act.