Senator Cruz to America’s Veterans: Your sacrifices made this country great



On Veterans Day, I paid tribute to Texas and America’s veterans for their dedicated service to our country at the Houston Salutes American Heroes Veterans Day Celebration held by the City of Houston.

Texas has played a vital role in defending our great nation, and my hometown Houston has the second largest veteran population in the country, with about a fifth of Texas veterans. I am honored to represent the 1.4 million or so veterans in the Lone Star State.

At the event, I met with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, city officials, several of my fellow congressmen and leaders from Hope for The Warriors, a nonprofit for soldiers who were wounded in action and their families, along with the families of ours fallen heroes and Helping a Hero, a nonprofit that builds homes for veterans wounded in the war on terror after September 11, 2001.

There we paused to honor the sacrifices that millions of Americans in uniform have made for this great nation. It was an honor to be there and celebrate the men and women who took the oath to defend our nation against every enemy, foreign and domestic. They are the ones who keep our freedoms. It is they who keep America a shining city on a hill.

As Americans, it is easy to take for granted the blessings and freedoms we have – the freedom to start a business, the freedom to raise children, the freedom to speak, the freedom to worship, the freedom to keep guns and to wear. All of these freedoms are integral to who we are as Americans. Without the heroes we honored this week, none of them would exist.

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America’s veterans completely gave up, whether in combat operations and in distant war zones, or missed cherished family moments over the years to serve. On behalf of 29 million Texans to every soldier, sailor, aviator, marine and guardsman: Thank you. Your service made a difference. Your sacrifices made this country great.

We owe you immeasurable thanks.

God bless you and your families and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

Keep Texas strong

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