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Gov. Perry Thanks Veterans for Fighting for Freedom


Location: Corpus Christi, TX

Gov. Perry Thanks Veterans for Fighting for Freedom

Gov. Rick Perry today thanked war veterans for answering the call of duty to protect America's freedom and called for continued assistance of veterans' rehabilitation programs.

"Throughout our nation's history, each generation has stepped forward to accept the torch of freedom from those who preceded them and advance the cause of liberty to even greater heights," Gov. Perry said. "America is proud of the men and women in uniform who answer the call and uphold the sacred oath to defend freedom no matter the cost."

The governor spoke to the 90th annual convention of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Texas, praising their efforts in assisting veterans returning from active duty, and commending their work promoting the armed forces and recruiting volunteers.

The American Legion, Department of Texas is one of 55 organizations that comprise the national organization of the American Legion, the largest wartime veteran's organization in the world. The American Legion promotes understanding of the principles of democracy, instills appreciation of the benefits of American citizenship and serves the needs of veterans and their families.

"I thank you for your ongoing support of our veterans, and I hope you will continue to recruit volunteers from your ranks, neighborhoods, churches and workplaces," Gov. Perry said. "The freedom we enjoy in each of those places was won for us by veterans, and although we can never match their sacrifice, we must continue to give back to them in every way possible."

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