U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), a U.S. Navy veteran, today issued the following statement to commemorate Veterans Day 2013:
"Veterans Day 2013 gives us an opportunity to set aside our day-to-day worries and celebrate the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. It is a national day of recognition and gratitude for those who have bravely served and fought to defend the freedoms that make the United States a beacon of liberty to the world.
"I am heartened each year by the pride that Mississippians have for our Armed Forces, and their appreciation for the sacrifices made by loved ones on behalf of our nation. The ceremonies, parades and programs taking place this year will reflect the admiration we share for our veterans. It is gratifying to see the deep respect that the people of my state have for those who have served, from the first Mississippians who took up arms to defend this land to those currently deployed around the world.
"Today, the new generation of all-volunteer veterans returning from more than a decade of sustained combat operations reminds us of our sacred obligations to all our veterans and their families. We must dedicate ourselves to meeting those commitments. Doing so will make us a stronger nation.
"I appreciate that on Veterans Day the world will witness an American people united in its appreciation of the men and women who have served and fought for our republic."