thank you

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I don’t have a lot to say today, but I want to say this to our veterans today: thank you. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to live the lives we lead today. Thank you for bravely taking your sacrifices in stride and for serving dutifully and faithfully. Thank you for your tireless commitment to keeping our liberties at the forefront of your minds. Thank you so very, very much for your service.

Our country has disappointed me the past couple days in the wake of this election – less about the outcome and more about our collective reaction. To those burning flags in protest of our president-elect: I implore you to, instead, thank a veteran for giving you the freedom to do so.

Regardless of who you voted for, or your own personal convictions, the outcome has been determined, and it’s our duty as Americans to stand strong, as ever. Make the changes you wish to see in the world around you and effect your own changes. That is how you can honor your military members.

And so, veterans – and to my own husband, my favorite veteran of all, thank you. Thank you for all you do, and please know how grateful I am for all of your service, dedication and hard work.