Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley Statement in Observance of Veterans Day
The following is the statement of Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley in observance of Veterans Day:
“Today, we honor and remember every woman and man who has ever worn the uniform of our country: Americans who unselfishly place their lives on the line for our freedom. They stepped forward and swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and laws of this great nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Those patriots were ordinary people until they heard the call of duty and felt compelled to leave everything behind to answer it. They fought to protect our country and maintain our way of life.
“As we honor our veterans and remember their sacrifices, let us also salute the current veterans serving at home and abroad. There are more than 20 million veterans in America, and 44,000 veterans who reside in Milwaukee County. They are our neighbors. Our friends. Our families. Our loved ones. Today, we remember and renew our commitments to these brave men and women. We salute the spirit of the American service member, and we honor the sacrifices of those who fulfilled their obligations and now proudly call themselves American veterans.
“The freedoms we enjoy as Americans are special and the challenges of the past year have shown us that the defense of freedom is not just for those in the military; each of us shares that duty and that responsibility. Right now, our freedoms are threatened by the coronavirus, an enemy not even the mightiest armies could defeat by force if they tried. If we want to preserve our freedoms, and return to a familiar way of life, we need to defend them by wearing masks, physical distancing, and doing all we can to help stop the spread of the disease.
“Veterans Day isn’t just a day for veterans – it’s a day for all us to remember why our fellow Americans chose to serve, what they were fighting for, and what we can do to honor their sacrifice to protect our freedom and the freedom of future generations of Americans.
“To all veterans, we say thank you. God bless you, and may Veterans Day, and every day, bring you joy in the freedoms our country enjoys because of your sacrifices.”