There is no doubt that we should pay tribute to veterans and military members all year long. With May designated as National Military Appreciation Month, we have another chance to do it just a bit louder.
While we can never fully repay the men and women who have risked their lives for us, it is important to show them and their families how much they truly mean to us and how much we admire them.
Because of these brave men and women, our world is a safer place.
At this very moment, there are West Virginians serving overseas, away from their families and loved ones. They get up every day and risk their lives, so that we may live in peace and safety. They guard our borders, come to our aid when disaster strikes, and defend us from terrorism.
West Virginia has a proud history of military service. Our National Guard and Reserve members are among the nation’s best. We have lost too many men and women in too many wars—but West Virginians continue to answer the call of duty because they understand and value the price of freedom.
I am so excited that later this month, we will celebrate the opening of the new Donel Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery in Institute – a cemetery that, in its first phase, will honor approximately 60,000 veterans across West Virginia.
Taking up the fight for West Virginia veterans and military members is a profound privilege, and this includes extending care and services to their families. This has been my life’s work and it is such an honor to work on their behalf.
To our veterans and service members – thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your service, your sacrifice, your commitment.
I encourage West Virginians, ever grateful and proud, to join me – this month and every day of the year – in thanking these men and women who have given so much for our country.