Sens. Murkowski and Sullivan honor Veterans Day
Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan sent Veterans Day messages for those who have served the country.
Sen. Murkowski says she is forever grateful to veterans across the country and in Alaska.
“Today we honor all veterans, in Alaska and across the nation, who have answered that call to serve." Murkowski said in her address. "We thank our veterans for the tremendous sacrifices they have made — serving courageously across America and in wars around the globe, all in defense of our freedom and liberties."
Murkowski encouraged other Americans to show their gratitude to veterans for their "courage and willingness to stand for the ideals of freedom we all hold dear."
Sen. Dan Sullivan, a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, also had a message for the men and women who served in the military.
“Our great state boasts more veterans per capita than any other state in the country, " he said in a statement. "And all over the state, I see how much our communities support our military and our veterans."
Sullivan also said it's important to remember how returning veterans were not always treated with respect. He cited the decline of honoring returning veterans after the Korean War and the mistreatment many returning from the Vietnam War received.
However, he credited the generation of Vietnam veterans for leading the charge in recognizing other military members and making sure their homecomings are welcoming.
According to Murkowski, over 68,000 veterans live in Alaska.
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