Bell Sounds from the 20th - Thank You Veterans!

Today Americans celebrate Veterans Day. It is important that we set aside this day each year to honor the sacrifices of all of our veterans and their families.

On Saturday morning I had the opportunity to attend the Staunton Veterans Day parade, followed by lunch at the local VFW.  This is always a terrific event, and allows our community to come together to honor our local heroes. I was so glad to see many of you out there on Saturday, and I would like to thank each and every one of you that were in attendance.

One of my friends and colleagues in the House of Delegates, Majority Leader Kirk Cox, said it best, “A veteran - whether active duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, signed a blank check payable to ‘The People of the United States of America’ for any amount ‘up to and including my life.’”

Truer words have never been spoken.  Every member of the United States Armed Forces knows that in signing up to defend our country they may be called to make the ultimate sacrifice.  Freedom is not free.  It is only through the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform that we enjoy the many freedoms we hold dear. 

As we remember our veterans today, it is important that we also remember the sacrifices of their families.  It is fitting that on Veterans Day I can inform you that the Constitutional Amendment that will grant a real estate tax exemption on the primary residence of spouses of military personnel killed in action was approved by 87% of the voters in Virginia.  This is just one indication of the respect and gratitude that citizens of the Commonwealth have for veterans and their families.

As you go about your day today, please take time to say thank you to our service members and reflect on the sacrifices that they have made for our safety and freedom.

For those service members who might be reading this, I hope that you will take time today to remember the sacrifices of your fellow comrades.  Thank you for your service.   

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