Harrison Township, MI - U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) Friday, Nov. 8 released the following statement honoring Veterans Day:
"In the year 1918, on November 11th at 11 am, the guns went silent in France to end World War I as an armistice went into effect that ended the bloodiest conflict in world history up to that day. One year later, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation of commemoration of Armistice Day to honor all those who served in that terrible conflict. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the legislation officially proclaiming this day Veteran's Day on which we honor all of those who have served and sacrificed in defense of our great nation.
"America is a nation like no other because while other nations across the world have fought in pursuit of empire, or resources, or conquest, American patriots have fought in support of the simple and powerful ideas of freedom and liberty. Their service and their sacrifice has preserved freedom and liberty for not only we who are fortunate enough to live in this great nation, but also expanded it to countless millions across the globe including our former enemies.
"So on November 11th, once again, let us honor not only the fallen, but all of those who have worn the uniform and borne the battle in defense of freedom and liberty, including those among us today who have continued the unbroken line of American heroes through their service in conflicts such as World War II, Korea, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, Beirut, Panama, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq, and in countless places in the Global War on Terror. We owe these great patriots a debt that can never be fully repaid so every American should offer their thanks in their own way because we all understand that due to the brave service and selfless sacrifice of America's veterans our flag still flies high and the light of freedom still burns bright. Happy Veterans Day!"