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On Nov. 11, America will celebrate the greatest heroes of our time-this nation's veterans. These men and women sacrificed of themselves, dedicating their efforts to the cause we call Freedom.
Freedom always comes with a price and for many of these servicemen and women, the price was often supreme.
From the Argonne Forest to the sands of Iwo Jima; from Pork Chop Hill in Korea to Hamburger Hill in Vietnam; and back across the waters to the Persian Gulf and now in Iraq, lives were lost, dreams were shattered and still they willingly gave.
During the last 100 years, this nation has endured tremendous strife and painful loss.
The key word is endured-followed by prospered. Today, we all enjoy what Thomas Jefferson termed our "inalienable rights: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
Because these men and women respected freedom, they fought, they sacrificed and they believed-not only in themselves, but in this nation.
Let us never take our freedom for granted. Hold on to it; cherish it; and respect its sheer existence. We enjoy what we have because of that patriot dream that sees beyond the years. And for those who have-and continue to battle-for that freedom, we thank you.