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Veterans Day message from Governor, Lt. Governor


Throughout our country’s history, brave men and women have willingly answered the call of duty to defend our nation and our way of life. The actions of our servicemen and women have changed the course of history, touched lives and spread freedom and democracy to nations around the world.

As Americans, we owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to our veterans who, during peace and war, have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to safeguarding the principles upon which our nation was founded. Hawaii’s veterans have a long and proud tradition of serving their communities after returning to civilian life, and they comprise an integral part of our island ohana.

Veterans Day is a time to remember and pay tribute to the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces who served in previous wars, who are serving today and who have made the ultimate sacrifice before having the chance to become honored veterans. Every day, our Hawaii-based troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world make sacrifices so that the same principles of liberty we enjoy are spread throughout the world.

Whether Hawaii-born or stationed here from the mainland, these soldiers, sailors and troops are part of our island ohana and share in our aloha spirit.

On Nov. 11 of each year, we reaffirm our commitment to those who have answered the call of duty on behalf of all Americans. Enduring great personal sacrifices, these men and women and their families need the support of our entire community.

We are deeply thankful for the veterans who served our country with great honor in the past, and to those who uphold their duties today.

This year, our nation’s thoughts and prayers are with the service members, civilians and families affected by the tragic events at Fort Hood, Texas. The brave victims, who risked their lives to protect their fellow countrymen, serve as a constant source of strength and inspiration to all Americans.

The price of freedom is paid for by the courage of those who are willing to fight for what they believe in. The greatness of America is found in the bravery and heroism of men and women who stand strong in the face of oppression and conflict.

They ignite the enduring spirit of our nation and strengthen the unity of the American people with their resolve for freedom, justice and democracy.

Linda Lingle
Governor, State of Hawaii

James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr.
Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawaii

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