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Commentary - Please remember all our veterans

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Our country's history is anchored by a necessity to preserve and protect the fundamental principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness...whenever, and wherever it threatens our basic freedom. Since the founding of our Nation, this has required sacrifice in life, blood, and sweat of Men and Women who serve in our armed services. The honor of preserving freedom and security of the American way of life is a calling unlike any other in society.

As we commemorate our country's veteran sacrifices on the "11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", we should pause to remember those who have fought and are still fighting. Every November since 1921, America has honored those veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. While we are called to remember those who gave their lives, I ask that you keep all veterans in your thoughts this Veteran's Day.

We have troops who have circled the globe with various deployments, spending months and years away from family. We have service members who have safely returned home from combat, only to struggle as they strive to achieve normalcy in family and community life. Some of our veterans return home disabled from combat wounds, and face a battle as they heal. The common link that binds all veterans' is their service to the greater good of this Nation.

Whether they gave their lives, continue to fight or have returned home, our service members, past and present, deserve your respect and support this Veteran's Day, and for that matter, every day.

Keep'em Flying!