For me, as a U.S. Senator, it is more than a promise, more than obligation, and more than a duty. It is an honor and a privilege to stand with such patriots and to serve those who have served.
Every one of them gives more of themselves than most Americans will ever know. They risk life and limb. They lose friends to battle, to fire fights, to terrorist attacks and to roadside bombs. They live through great and terrible times.
Where do we get such men and women?
They come from all over America, with a firm belief in the greatness of this land, with a love of country greater than of life itself. That's why we should honor them every day, not just on Veterans Day.
And yet, it is altogether fitting and proper that on the 11th day of the 11th month of every year, on what once marked the peace of the First World War, a grateful nation pays special honors to the veterans of all wars.
This Veterans Day, I pray that God will always bless those who have safeguarded our freedom and way of life. America became, and remains, a free nation under God because of such men and women.
Manchin is a U.S. senator from West Virginia.