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Let us not forget that today is Veterans’ Day.

For those of us who have served in the military, it is a time to consider the values we gained of service before self; of duty, honor and love of country. Let us remember that the security of our nation rests, for the most part, on the shoulders of young men and women between the ages of 18 and 25 who choose to serve. Although many of us have passed into the ranks of the gray-haired, we continue to live out the values we learned as young servicemen and women. For many of us, our military service was the most important time of our lives.

All around the world, young men and women, our sons and daughters, our brothers and sisters, continue to serve our nation as they embody the essence of the best of America, of generosity, candor, humor, humility and love. And with all of that, they promote those other values that all veterans represent: service before self, duty, honor, country.

Today, we honor all our military veterans, but especially we honor those who gave their lives in our service. It is appropriate to remember the remarks of President Ronald Reagan on Veterans’ Day in 1988 at the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial:

“Our young friends—yes, young friends, for in our hearts you will always be young, full of the love that is youth, love of life, love of joy, love of country -- you fought for your country and for its safety and for the freedom of others with strength and courage. We love you for it. We honor you. And we have faith that, as He does all His sacred children, the Lord will bless you and keep you, the Lord will make His face to shine upon you and give you peace, now and forever more.”

To those of you who serve and have served in military service: Thank you.

To those military spouses and families who endure the fear and strain caused by the absence of your loved one: Thank you.

To those service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our security: Thank you.

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