Our engagement in wars on two fronts and the daily reminders of the politics of such wars sometimes blurs the stark fact that it is people who fight wars, not politicians. We often fail to remember the many sacrifices being made by the members of our armed forces and of the hardships and mental anguish suffered by their families. The brave and loyal defenders of our liberty freely and unselfishly volunteered to serve. Those in combat risk their lives daily, usually with little or no expectation of recognition or of reward for their efforts. Those on patrol on the deadly streets of Afghanistan and, until recently, on the even more deadly streets of Iraq, wake in the morning, never knowing if they will still be alive and unwounded by nightfall. We cannot even imagine the amount of stress that soon becomes a part of their every waking moment. Those in the important role of support are no less honorable and brave.
We would like, therefore, to give our recognition to the fighting men
and women of our military for their superb efforts in keeping us safe
and free. They did not ask when they volunteered about the politics of
entering or continuing the wars. And they are not defending one political
party over the others. They courageously defend the freedom of all of
us. We give our sincere thanks to each and every one of them.