Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09) made the following statement in observance of Veterans Day:

“In 1918, on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, on the 11th month major hostilities of World War I ceased. As the impact of this conflict began to set in and the world took stock of the damages one thing was clear: the valiant service of our brave men and women had defeated tyranny and pushed back the threat of terror. American ideals and the forces of democracy prevailed that day, and American service members led the way. This day, this moment in history, became known as Veterans Day.

“In the years since, millions of Americans have worn the uniform, taken the oath and fought to keep America safe. Millions have perished in this pursuit, and countless more have been injured, but the bravery and valor of our soldiers has never wavered. These are the men and women that enable all aspects of the American way and stand as the safeguard that defends us from those who wish to do us harm.

“America boasts the best-trained, most professional troops in the world. They and their families make enormous sacrifices on our behalf, and they have earned our support and gratitude. I am humbled by their service, and I am proud to represent so many of them in Congress. This Veterans Day, let us remember their courage, their sacrifices, and our commitments to them.”