RALEIGH – In establishing this nation, the first to be built upon a moral philosophy of man’s nature, our founders imbued their American progeny with a righteousness unique in world history. Americans’ sense of their right to his or her own life is only exceeded, it seems, by a select few that share such a strong sense of duty to securing these blessings of liberty that they volunteer to offer their lives in protection of our freedom.
There are astounding 19.6 million active and former military service members who have gone to war. Today we honor our veterans — past, present, and future — for their commitment to enabling and guarding our pursuits of happiness. Thank you.
Sunday, November 10, was also the 244th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps, something celebrated here in North Carolina in acknowledgement of our Marine veterans and the vital USMC installations located in the Old North State.
North Carolina is home to approximately 750,000 veterans, representing nearly one our of every 10 people on our great state. Much of this can be attributed to the incredible military installations we have in our state, and the associated personnel quickly realizing nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina. Who best to epitomize Esse Quam Videri than our veterans?
To be a veterans is to have sworn an oath in defense of the U.S. Constitution and the principles therein. Today we stand for them in thanks and appreciation.