Honoring and caring for our veterans

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“Let us never forget to honor, respect and thank our veterans for defending America, safeguarding our freedom and inspiring millions around the world with a love of liberty.”
– Gov. Gary R. Herbert, at the state’s official Memorial Day observance

Speaking to veterans and their families at the Salt Lake William E. Christoffersen Veterans Home, Gov. Herbert quoted from Abraham Lincoln’s 2nd inaugural address, in which the president said it was the nation’s duty “to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”

“That’s a mission Utah embraces and supports with its four state veterans homes, the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, and Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs,” the governor said.

“Memorial Day, is a time to remember you and all our brave veterans throughout Utah and across America,” he continued. “It is also a time to renew our commitment to uphold the sacred principles and lofty ideals you have so nobly defended and upon which our republic is founded.”

Speaking on behalf of all Utahns, Gov. Herbert thanked veterans for the service in the defense of freedom and the inspirational example they have set for this and future generations. He encouraged Utahns to not only honor veterans from past conflicts, but to remember the brave men and women who are currently serving, many of whom are far from home, and to help the families and loved ones they have left behind.

Utah’s 160,000 veterans have served in every conflict from World War II to the present day. Thanks to the many supporters throughout local communities, the veteran unemployment rate in Utah has dropped from 4.9 percent in 2014 to 2.6 percent in 2015.

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