Congressman Bob Goodlatte released the following statement in honor of America's veterans:
"We are blessed to live in this great nation amongst so many American heroes. As we mark Veterans Day, I ask you to join me in reflecting and taking a moment to thank the members of our Armed Forces past and present. I look forward to joining veterans across the Sixth District at events honoring their service.
"We have all heard the old adage that "freedom is never free.' For America's veterans, these words could not ring more true. Since the birth of our nation, millions of brave Americans have served in the United States military. On far-flung battlefields in the jungles of Vietnam, to the beachheads of Normandy and ships in the South Pacific, to the mountains of Afghanistan and the deserts of Iraq and at installations both at home and abroad, American soldiers have long protected our fellow citizens and advanced the ideals of freedom and democracy around the world.
"For generations, they have made countless sacrifices so that we could live freely under the Stars and Stripes. I am grateful for the service of those who have defended our nation and valiantly stood guard over the principles of freedom and liberty at the core of this nation. May God continue to bless the United States of America and guide our men and women in uniform home safely."