Remembering Veterans

 of Every Generation   

  This year, our country marked the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. It was one of the most divisive and heart-wrenching conflicts in our history, in many cases pitting brother against brother on the battlefield. While the war left lasting scars, we are a stronger and more united nation after having endured this dark chapter.
In his second inaugural address, delivered in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln said this about carrying forth the cause of freedom and providing for our veterans:

“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”

This Veterans Day, we remembered the men and women who have bravely defended our country during every period of our nation’s past. For those who are still with us, from the Pacific Theater to the mountains of Afghanistan, we owe them and their families our gratitude, as we fulfill President Lincoln’s lasting words. 
Many of us will show our support for the Armed Forces by going to a parade or taking part in ceremonies throughout our region. However you choose to salute these men and women, let us never forget their service - or the foundational principles they defended - for granted. 
To all who have served and continue to serve, Thank You! 

Senator Michael Morrell