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Veterans Day Flag - honoring all who serveIt’s Veterans Day in the United States today. In other parts of the world it’s called Armistice day since it’s celebrated on November 11th – the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I.

Wherever you are and whatever you call it, take a moment today to thank a veteran. Freedom is not free, and those who have served have made payment on behalf of all of us who enjoy the benefits of that freedom every day.

For those of you who have served – you have our sincere gratitude.

Thank you.

It’s December 7. On this “date which will live in infamy” in 1941 over 2400 Americans were killed in an attack by the Japanese on our naval base in Pearl Harbor.

Until 9/11/2001 it was the most devastating attack on U.S. soil.

Listen to the full audio of President Roosevelt’s speech.

Pearl Harbor that day:

The Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor today:
69th Anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor - Department of Defense Image Collection

Please take a moment today to remember – thank a veteran if you can, appreciate our hard-earned freedom either way. If you fly a flag, it is tradition to fly it at half staff until sunset today as a visible reminder to all.

Congressional Medal of Honor (Army)Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor today. He is the first living recipient of the award since 1976.

In the midst of an active firefight in which he was shot two times Staff Sergeant Giunta rescued his fellow soldier, Sergeant Josh Brennan, from two Taliban fighters. Killing one and wounding the second, Sergeant Giunta freed Sergeant Brennan and administered first aid. Unfortunately, Sergeant Brennan ultimately died from the wounds he had received. In addition to Sergeant Brennan, the squad also lost medic Hugo Mendoza of El Paso in that fight. Yes, the enemy we’re fighting in this war will shoot clearly identified medics.

Our congratulations and thanks to Sergeant Giunta for his service and bravery. Our gratitude and condolences to the families of Sergeant Brennan and Specialist Mendoza.

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