Presidential Statement in Honor of Veterans

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Presidential Statement in Honor of Veterans
The Honorable Ben Shelly
The Navajo Nation
Friday, November 11, 2011

Many men and women have given their service by enlisting in the armed forces of the United States. Heroically they have sacrificed, some fallen, to uphold the freedom we enjoy. They have done so even as far back as World War I. In peacetime or during war, their service is seen as the bridge to our world today as we live free from tyranny and oppression.

Vice President Rex Lee Jim, and First Lady Mrs. Martha Shelly join me in giving tribute to the brave men and women of the Navajo Nation who have endured the ultimate sacrifice. All around the world they have set foot on land, by sea or air, always guided through bravery and for the sake of our nation, our home. Today, many of our young men and women serve their country and are stationed in the United States or in foreign lands. We uphold them in prayer and in conscious piety, believing in their safe return.

We honor those who have fallen. May their names always be said with honor, and serve as a symbol of sacrifice and life. Our spirits are raised higher and our sight remains set on the horizon of today’s freedom and tomorrow’s prosperity.