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November 14, 2005
Senator Gordon Smith promises continuing support to Oregon's servicemembers
 
Senator Gordon Smith has requested the assistance of the Oregon National Guard and the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs in his continued support of members of the military.
 
On Thursday, November 10, 2005, Senator Smith spoke on the floor honoring America's Veterans. The text of the statement follows.
 
Mr. President, I rise today to honor our nation's Veterans. Nowhere is dedication to duty and love of country more evident than among those who have voluntarily chosen to serve our country. Today, America honors the sons and daughters who have helped preserve our freedom and left a lasting legacy of selfless service.
 
Since 1954, we have designated November 11 as Veterans Day to remember the brave men and women who have served in our Armed Forces and defended our nation. We also give our heartfelt gratitude to today's active servicemembers and members of the National Guard and Reserve who are serving our country as we help to maintain peace and support democracy throughout the world.
 
I am especially proud to recognize Oregon's soldiers serving in our armed forces, as they represent our state with honor and distinction across the country and throughout the world. Whether protecting Iraqi citizens in their historic effort to form a free and democratic state or helping evacuate victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast region, their continued commitment to our nation inspires us all.
 
Throughout our proud history, the United States has courageously met the challenges posed by enemies of freedom. In the last 100 years, we have lost some 700,000 men and women in defense of our country. As we recall their noble sacrifices it is also important to honor the relatives and loved ones who help shoulder the burden of service.
 
America now faces new challenges from enemies that did not exist when our nation's Veterans fought in previous wars. Those who fought tyranny and paid the ultimate price did so for an honorable and enduring cause. Generations of free and democratic people around the world join us in thanking the brave Americans who helped them achieve and protect their liberty.
 
Today, we honor the legacy of the fallen and the courage of our Veterans and salute the values that have made the United States the greatest nation in the world. I have the highest respect for those who serve, and I appreciate and honor all of the men and women who continue to defend freedom at home and abroad. These American heroes and their families are at the forefront of our thoughts and prayers on this special day.
 
Senator Smith will profile a service member from Oregon by reading a profile on the Senate Floor and have it entered into Congressional record.
 
 
Contact:
 
Daniel P. Knezevic
Legislative Assistant
Office of Senator Gordon Smith
(202) 224-3753
 
Kay Fristad
 Oregon National Guard
 503-584-3917
 503-931-5179