November 5, 2021
ARMED SERVICES AND VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
VETERANS DAY MESSAGE
On the 11th Day of the 11th Month each year, Americans come together to honor those who sacrificed for our nation in uniform. We call this Veterans Day.
Veterans day is a reminder that freedom has a cost. Freedom isn’t free!
Veterans Day is when we honor those few who were so willing to give of themselves to defend their mothers, their fathers, their brothers, their sisters, and their country.
Veterans Day isn’t just about honoring veterans; it’s also about honoring those who lost their lives as well. Veterans you see, had the ability to come home.
If we have learned anything from the wars in which we fight today, it is that courage and sacrifice are not exclusive values that belong to a bygone generation.
If what President John F. Kennedy said is true: “A nation reveals itself not only by the men and women it produces but also by the men and women it honors, the men and women it remembers,” there is no better place to do just that than here, right now, with all of you in this great nation of ours.
Today we honor an extensive line of patriots who served, and those who have died in battle, because of combat wounds and many more who succumbed to service-connected injuries years after their time in service was over. We remember them in the deeds of our comrades whose last moments of service embody the highest values and selflessness that can be shown by our compatriots. We honor and remember individuals like:
Army Sgt. Henry Johnson, who became the first African American to win the French War Cross, the Croix de Guerre. In May 1918, Sgt. Johnson valiantly fought off a vicious attack by a large German raiding party that appears to have numbered over 30 men. He killed at least four German soldiers and wounded ten. President Theodore Roosevelt called Sgt. Johnson one of the “five bravest Americans” to serve in World War I. Sgt. Johnson was awarded the Medal of Honor in June 2016 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. We remember. thank you, Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Henry Johnson.
As a veteran, I urge each of you to take November 11, 2021, to not just thank a Veteran, but to talk with Veterans. Learn about our experiences, and what issues we have faced as we have transitioned back to civilian life. From shortfalls in veterans’ programs to dealing with the mental and physical scars of war, millions of veteran’s face challenges that many Americans will never know. This is the true greatness of our country.
Raymond Miller, Chair
Armed Services and Veterans Affairs
Committee, AOWSAC, NAACP