Sen. Cruz to America’s Veterans: Your Sacrifices Have Made This Country Great
This Veterans Day, I recognized Texas’ and America’s veterans for their dedicated service to our country at the City of Houston’s ‘Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration.’
Texas has played a crucial role in defending our great nation, and my hometown of Houston has the second largest veteran population in the nation, with roughly one-fifth of Texas’ veterans. I am honored to represent the roughly 1.4 million veterans in the Lone Star State.
At the event, I joined Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, city officials, several of my Congressional colleagues, and leaders from Hope for The Warriors, a non-profit for service members who have been wounded in action and their families, along with the families of our fallen heroes, and Helping a Hero, a non-profit organization that builds homes for veterans wounded in the post-9/11 War on Terror.
There, we paused to honor the sacrifices made by millions of Americans in uniform on behalf of this great nation. It was an honor to be there celebrating the men and women who took the oath to defend our nation against every enemy, foreign and domestic. They are the ones who preserve our liberties. They are the ones who keep America that shining city on a hill.
As Americans, it's easy to take for granted the blessings we have and the freedoms we enjoy—the freedom to start a business, the freedom to raise your kids, the freedom to speak, the freedom to worship, the freedom to keep and bear arms. All of those freedoms are integral to who we are as Americans. None of them would exist were it not for the heroes we honored this week.
America’s veterans gave so completely, whether in combat operations and in far off war zones, or missing cherished family moments throughout the years in order to serve. On behalf of 29 million Texans, to every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, and Guardsman: Thank you. Your service made a difference. Your sacrifices have made this country great.
We owe you an immeasurable debt of gratitude.
God bless you and your families, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.
Keep Texas Strong,