They will remember that after our homeland was attacked on September 11th, you took the fight to the enemy, far from our shores, to make it more difficult for them to again strike America here at home;
They will remember the tens of thousands of young Americans who volunteered to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces every year, knowing full well the sacrifices and the dangers involved;
And they will remember the compassion and restraint exercised by our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan in the face of near constant provocation from ruthless enemies, while in the unforgiving glare of a 24-hour global media.
So this coming weekend, reflect in pride on your service and on your accomplishments. And if you meet a veteran -- whether a parent, a sibling, a friend, or even a stranger -- thank them for all they have done for all of us -- for our military and our country.
And please know that it is the high privilege of my life to serve with you.
America is deeply in your debt.
May God bless you and your families, and all of America's veterans.