A Veterans Day Message

November 15, 2017

By Illinois State Senate Candidate Rafael Him

For generations our men and women in uniform have continued to serve our great Nation with honor and courage, often at great personal cost. Their service has guaranteed us our freedoms. Because of the commitment and professionalism of Americas Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen, we are a free nation and our fighting forces remain unparalleled anywhere in the world.

Throughout our history we have witnessed remarkable examples of their selfless acts. They’ve brought freedom and hope to millions of people around the globe. The true number of people they have liberated cannot be calculated and the number of memorials doesn’t begin to represent the true scope of service our veterans have provided.

The debt owed to our nation’s Veterans is one we cannot ever fully repay and it is imperative that on this Veterans Day, we take this day to keep alive the sacrifices and deeds of our nation’s veterans.

I encourage each of us to pause and think about the contributions millions of veterans have made in defense of our nation’s security. Seek out a veteran you know, shake his or her hand and say thank you. Please also keep those service members deployed around the globe and their families serving at home, in your thoughts and prayers. For these men and women have always and will continue to answer the high call to service.

To all my fellow Brothers and Sisters in Arms and to our wounded warriors, you have my heartfelt thanks for your service and devotion to duty, both in and out of uniform.