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11 November 2011

Torpey: Salute to Veterans 2011

On Friday, November 11, our nation will pause once again to pay tribute to the many men and women who have so bravely defended the freedoms we hold dear. Veterans Day represents the one official day each year when we recognize our veterans for their service to our nation. However, on this Veterans Day, I ask you to make a commitment to do more. I encourage you to honor these real life heroes each and every day of the year. Our state is home to more than 500,000 veterans. They are all around us. They are our family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers. Every day we encounter someone who has served our nation and every day we have the opportunity to say thank you for that service. We must always remember that freedom is never free. And, we must never forget our veterans are the ones who have paid the price to defend the freedoms we too often take for granted. On this Veterans Day, I ask that we all take time to pay our respects and show our gratitude to the many veterans who call Missouri home. I also ask that we all make a commitment to honoring these devoted Americans not just on Veterans Day, but each and every day of the year. They deserve no less.

I would encourage you to find a way to show anyone that is or was in the military how much you appreciate the sacrifices they have made, and if you see someone in uniform tell them that you appreciate their service to our country. And not just on Veterans Day, but every time you get the chance; because they did not fight for one day and quit. Our service men and women have dedicated their lives to make ours better, and we should take every opportunity that we can to make sure that they know how much it means to us to be able to live in the freedoms that they provide.

God bless our Veterans and God bless America!

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