Democratic Party of Georgia Chair Mike Berlon issues the following statement regarding the tenth anniversary of the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan:
“A decade ago today, the United States began fighting on foreign soil to defeat an enemy that had taken thousands of lives. The operation that began with 50 Tomahawk missiles has now extended a decade and lasted two and a half times longer than World War II.
“We would like to thank all of our military personnel fighting for this country, and the families that they have left behind. Good men and women have been hurt and lost in this war, and their sacrifices will never be forgotten. The celebration of our troops and their dedication to duty is not a republican or democratic issue-it’s about dedicated, duty bound Americans protecting all of us, each of our opinions and the freedoms that we so richly enjoy in this country. We owe them a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid.
“Last week, I was flying back from Washington and an Honor Flight arrived bringing several World War II veterans to see their Memorial at the National Mall. When the veterans came off the plane, many in their late 80’s and in need of help, the airport erupted in tears, cheers and applause that made you feel proud to be an American. Among those there to meet them were veterans from the wars in Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars.
“Let’s remember all veterans from all wars who have done so much for us. When you have the opportunity, make sure to thank a veteran for their sacrifice.”