I had to take a moment to express my personal gratitude to our veterans -- to all those who have served our Country, as well as those who continue to serve today. The service members we honor today may have came from all walks of life, but they shared some basic qualities: courage, selflessness, dedication to duty and honor to our Country. Millions of Americans have fought and died on battlefields here and abroad to defend our freedom. Today our troops continue to make the ultimate sacrifices, and even as we lose our brave Americans, more step forward, ready, willing and able to serve.
Hope you hugged a Veteran today. I know I did.