U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day, November 11:
"On Veterans Day, we convey our gratitude to the men and women in uniform, past and present, who have bravely served our country. From the freedom fighters of the Revolutionary War to today's veterans who fought bravely in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere around the world, today is the day we pay tribute to their service and sacrifice.
"Kentucky has a proud and honorable military history, as home to both Fort Knox and Fort Campbell, with thousands of soldiers and their families. The Commonwealth also looks with great pride upon the scores of brave National Guard members and Reservists who have given so much to defend our nation. Kentuckians have bravely served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
"Kentucky is home to 335,000 veterans whom I am proud to represent in the U.S. Senate. They risked their all for their country.
"So this Veterans Day, we pay tribute to those who fought to defend this country. We express our thanks and our gratitude to those who are still with us. And we honor in our memories those who did not return home.
"We pay tribute to the families of our servicemembers too, because they have made a sacrifice as well by sharing with America their sons, daughters, husbands and wives.
"And finally, we pay tribute to the irrepressible American spirit that is essential to the survival of liberty. It is thanks to America's veterans, and their heroic service, that we have upheld this spirit."