Veteran’s Day is a day to reflect and remember the sacrifices made by brave men and women to protect and defend the freedoms enjoyed by each of us. I’ve have always believed Veteran’s Day to be one of the most significant federal holidays but this year, it means even more.
With the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, our brave gay and lesbian service members can be honored openly for the first time in history. I am proud to salute you — each of you who have served this country in silence, each of you who have fought for our freedoms while not being allowed to enjoy the precious freedom of your open identity. It is an honor to know that you stood by this country even when it refused to stand by you. Today, the freedom you fought so hard to defend is yours.
I proudly salute every service member on this special day. Thank you for your brave sacrifices.
God Bless America.
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