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Veterans Day is a day for gratitude

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Every generation hopes that the next will never have to go to war. Yet, as our United States Air Force approaches its 25th year of sustained combat operations, willing men and women from throughout our country continue to answer their nation's call to protect our freedoms.

Veterans Day is a time to remember the men and women who have served in our nation's defense, and to recognize their courage and sacrifice.  For defending our country and way of life, we owe our veterans a tremendous debt of gratitude and respect.  Although that debt can never truly be repaid, I believe we can start with a heartfelt "thank you."

To all veterans, I sincerely and humbly say, "Thank you."  May you always be remembered on Veterans Day by a grateful nation.

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