Today I had the honor of speaking before a crowd of over 400 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. I was proud to join my Republican colleagues, Senator Joe Lieberman, and our Republican Presidential nominee, Senator John McCain. This afternoon, I will have the privilege of meeting with Oklahoma members of Vets for Freedom to discuss veterans' needs and the overall War on Terror.
The Veterans gathered in Washington as part of the Vets for Freedom tour were promoting the successes we have had in the Global War on Terror. It was a great moment and stood in stark contrast to the "retreat to defeat" rhetoric of the radical left.
Veterans throughout the history of our armed conflicts, including those who have recently served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, have dedicated their lives to the service of our country and deserve the support and gratitude of all Americans. It is an honor to represent these men and women who exemplify the meanings of duty, integrity, selflessness, sacrifice, honor and patriotism.
Fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, children and grandchildren have given their all to ensure a secure and promising future not only for Iraqis and Afghans, but our nation and the world. These heroes will always be in my thoughts and prayers, and generations of Americans owe them a debt of gratitude. These veterans have played an important role in liberating Iraq from a tyrannical leader, eliminating a safe haven for terrorists and their training camps, and helping the Iraqi people create a free and democratic country.
I encourage you to share your thoughts as well. Please thank Veterans nationwide and honor their service.