Today is Veterans Day, the day set aside for Americans to pay tribute to those who served in the military in sacrifice for the country, especially to honor those who paid the ultimate price.
Sen. Mike Johanns released the following Veterans Day statement:
“We pause this Veterans Day to thank the servicemen and women who have fought to defend our freedom. The bravery and sacrifices of those who proudly wear the uniform allow us to live in peace here at home, and for that we are eternally grateful.
“Nebraskans have a long and proud tradition of military service to our great country. I join my fellow Nebraskans and all Americans in honoring these men and women who have served and fought for the United States and its cherished principles of freedom, justice and democracy.”
Sen. Ben Nelson noted in his written statement that it would be the last Veterans Day he will observe as a United States Senator.
“As Americans we recognize the courage and service that our military men and women exhibit on a daily basis.
“But it takes more than just a ceremony and a few moments of silence to fully honor our veterans who assure our freedom, justice and liberty.
“We have a commitment that must be honored to care for those who have borne the battle, which is why I fought hard for a national veterans cemetery in the Omaha area and for improvements at the VA Medical Center.
“As a private citizen I will continue doing what I can to take care of our veterans. That promise doesn’t end as my term in office ends. Like yours, it is a lifelong commitment.”
Gov. Dave Hieneman issued the following statement regarding Veterans Day.
“I ask all citizens to take the time to thank the veterans in our lives. It is important to solemnly remember the sacrifices of those who have valiantly fought for our rights on the seas, in the air and on land. Veterans Day is a day to remember and recognize the sacrifices of those who preserve America’s freedoms.”
State and federal offices will be closed on Monday in observance of Veterans Day.