Mayor Penn – Veteran’s Day Speech to VFW Post 3448

Good morning. On behalf of Mount Pocono, I’d like to thank the Commander and Officers of VFW Post #3448 Mount Pocono for inviting me to make a few short comments in remembrance and celebration of our Defenders of Freedom, this day. It’s an honor to be here. Last year, I spoke about Veterans Day, its history as Armistice Day, and our veterans and war heroes securing our independence and freedoms. Our veterans are our greatest patriots! They are willing to lay down their lives for us and for our freedoms. When they wear their uniforms, they carry our country – the whole of the United States of America – on their backs. They look out for all of us, and all of us must look out for them – during service and after retiring from active duty. It’s our responsibility to be their “patriots” and advocates when they return from service and from theaters of foreign warfare. We put our soldiers through intensive and life-altering training. We send you off to war. You commit yourselves to the defense of our great nation, and it is incumbent upon us to commit ourselves to you when your active duty has ended. During . . . .

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