Today, we take time from our busy schedules to remember and honor the veterans who fought and died on behalf of our nation and our liberty. In the spirit of the day, I took a trip to a small community in Rockingham County near the West Virginia border known as Briery Branch. In many ways, it was a return home. I lived in this area from the ages of two to six and, at one point, both sets of my grandparents lived there.
In remembrance of Veterans Day, I spent some time at the cemetery of the Briery Branch Church of the Brethren. In it, one can find the graves of a multitude of veterans, including several of my own relatives. In recognition of their sacrifices, I’d like to take a moment to remember my grandfathers who served our nation in World War II as well as a great uncle who gave his life at the age of twenty-nine, leaving behind his wife and a multitude of young children.
The anniversary of the end of World War I is a fitting day to remember those brave men and women, many of whom gave so very much for the sake of our people and our principles.
Thank you to each and every one of you.