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Veterans’ Day Speech
Prepared by: LT Sarah Blansett
25 MAY 07
Thank you; I appreciate that introduction and I’m honored to be here today representing the United States Navy as we pay tribute to all those who have served in uniform over the years.    
This day, which began as Armistice Day, started as a celebration of the peace that followed the conflict of World War 1.  In the following years, it evolved into Veterans’ Day—a day to honor those who have served and now serve in uniform, as well as those who died in service to their country.    

To paraphrase Thomas Paine, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must undergo the fatigue of supporting it.”  Many of you here today have born that burden and experienced the fatigue of waging war in order to bring about peace.  To you I say thank you.  Thank you for setting the example that inspired me and my peers to raise our hands in voluntary service to this great nation.  

That shared service joins us together like no other bond. The camaraderie and fellowship we share in military service helps d...

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