U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement Wednesday in honor of Veterans Day, November 11, 2010.
"I join all Americans in honoring our veterans on this Veterans Day, the day we set aside to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the heroic men and women who have served in the United States armed forces.
"America remains a beacon of freedom throughout the world today because of the commitments and sacrifices our veterans have made. Over the years, many brave Americans donned their country's uniform to ensure that we would remain safe and free here at home. That effort continues today, as our fighting forces courageously defend our nation against our enemies in Afghanistan and Iraq, and elsewhere around the world.
"There is no more selfless sacrifice Americans can make for their country than to wear its uniform and defend its ideals. Kentuckians have borne this burden in astounding numbers. So this Veterans Day, find a veteran and say you're grateful for his or her service. Every one of them gave up something, and Veterans Day is an excellent opportunity to thank them for that."