On Veterans Day Amata recognizes Veterans and their families

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day 2017:

“Thank you to everyone who has served in our nation’s armed forces, and thank you also to every family of those who served.

“Veterans Day is particularly important on our beautiful islands. We can take pride in the fact that American Samoa has the highest enlistment rate in the U.S. Army – higher than any other state or territory – along with many of our own serving in the Navy, and others in the Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard.

“That means we have a great many veterans here in American Samoa, and a great many more American Samoan veterans living throughout the rest of the country. We also have many currently serving, and young people making plans to join the military – these are our future veterans. We owe them all a great debt.

“Veterans Day should be a celebration of lives well lived, as veterans contribute so much to our communities, and a grave reminder that many have made great sacrifices and carry heavy burdens from their years of service. For those serving, perhaps far away from loved ones, you are in our thoughts and prayers. For those families missing someone special to you, we appreciate your patriotism.

This is a day to recognize our veterans and all they mean to us. It is also a day to celebrate freedom, because that’s the ultimate selfless cause of all who serve. God bless the United States, and God bless each one of you – our veterans.

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