Veterans Day, 2004
You did it. We needed you, and you were there – often far away and in unspeakable conditions, you persevered and fought the evil which wanted to consume us. Some of you lost your lives while securing our country, and I sometimes pass the graves with the little flags. Each one played a major role in this nation's history, and it is all of you, living and dead, I thank and applaud. We will never live in an age without heroes because you are with us.