"I'd like to recognize the members of America's Armed Forces who are deployed during this Christmas season. The sacrifices we ask our men and women in uniform to make are always profound, but surely never more so than during the holidays, especially when they are serving far from their families and loved ones.
"As Americans celebrate this time of joy and good cheer, we must take a moment to honor and remember the brave men and women in the military who are defending our country's freedoms.
"I am profoundly grateful for the sacrifices our servicemembers and their families make. As a Kentuckian, I am especially proud of the contributions of Kentucky's own servicemembers and the Commonwealth's military installations, who follow a long and distinguished Kentucky tradition.
"May you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year."