News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

November 7, 2008
CONTACT: Rachel Johnston, (512) 463-0119

Remembering Our Heroes on Veterans Day

As a Marine and father of a Marine I have met many veterans throughout my career as a public servant. Of those, wartime veterans always seem to have given more than any of us can imagine and, as a result, possess a unique experience that most Americans can never truly know. Wartime veterans returning home, all utilize their experiences in different ways. I have known veterans from all walks of life, both men and women, and their stories are all very different. Whatever their contribution, all veterans carry with them the lessons learned from their service.

Veterans Day is a special opportunity for all of us to join together in remembrance of the brave men and women who have served the United States of America. Despite the many sacrifices required of them, and their families, many men and women are in uniform today. These men and women embody the spirit of our of great Nation, and a core belief that we live to serve more than ourselves.

I know how important it is for our veterans to have a day that belongs to them and honors their priceless contributions. Without the service and dedication of these men and women, life in America would be drastically different. Our veterans, both young and old, face many challenges. I acknowledge their hard work and sacrifices. Each day I take a moment to remember their lives and their service, and the losses their families have endured.

Veterans Day recognizes those who fought and died for us. This Veterans Day, I ask you to honor all those, living or dead, who have worn our Nation's uniforms. They are our sons and daughters, our husbands and wives, our fathers and mothers, and our brothers and sisters. They are our heroes and I salute them.

Senator Uresti represents Senate District 19, a 55,000 square mile area extending from the city of San Antonio in Bexar County to the Lower Valley of El Paso County. The largest legislative district in the nation, it spans two time zones, and contains nine of the 14 border counties in Texas, two-thirds of the U.S.-Mexico border within Texas, and all or part of 23 counties. Senate District 19 is home to five U.S. ports of entry, three U.S. toll bridges, 62 school districts, seven military sites, six state parks, and two national parks.