Today I am proud to join grateful Americans across the nation in celebrating Veterans Day and reflecting on the extraordinary patriotism and courage of our servicemen and women. This morning I enjoyed the opportunity to gather with my constituents to honor our nation's veterans at the Dallas Veterans Day Parade where this year's theme was "Remembering Pearl Harbor."
The National Veterans Day Committee of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs selected Dallas as a Regional Site for the observance of Veterans Day, and I was honored to join veterans of the 32nd Congressional District in recognizing this national day of respect and remembrance. This year, two U.S. Navy Veterans of Pearl Harbor, MCP Bill Hughes and CMM James Kanaman, served as the Grand Marshals for the parade.
Veterans Day not only serves as a day to extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who have served this great nation, but also reminds us of our responsibility to provide the resources they need to succeed. I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that we properly support those who have selflessly sacrificed their own personal freedoms in exchange for a safer and more prosperous America.