"It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier,
Who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protestor to burn the flag."
Thank you veterans, for your service and your sacrifice. We salute you today and every day, for we are only the home of the free because of the brave. You answered the call, willing to pay even the ultimate price. For those still overseas, you are never forgotten. We wait and we pray daily until you are home.