In this morning’s weekly address, President Obama offered an eloquent tribute to our fighting men and women, praising their sacrifice and reminding that our freedom rests with them.
From the remarks:
As we go about our days, as we gather with loved ones and friends, it’s important to remember: our way of life—the freedom, prosperity and security that we enjoy as Americans—is not a gift that is simply handed to us. It has to be earned—by every generation. And no one sacrifices more to preserve our blessings than our extraordinary men and women in uniform.
Obama also mentions Michelle Obama’s commendable “Joining Forces” initiative that has sought to honor and help our veterans. It is a great thing she has done as first lady, and it wasn’t just for PR – she and Jill Biden have worked consistently to maintain the effort even after Obama’s reelection.
Obama in his remarks also references his trip Monday to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey, where he will talk about the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan, which comes to a close this month. Unlike in Iraq, a substantial number of troops will remain in the country – some 13,000 foreign fighters total – following the official end of “combat.”