Today, thank a veteran and his or her family members for their service  to our nation and our communities. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who have stood up for our rights and our freedoms. All those who serve today, at home and abroad, in places of war or peace, are in our thoughts. Our democracy depends on people who choose or have accepted the call to serve in our military. They make an extraordinary sacrifice on our behalf.  Many thanks to our family members, colleagues, and friends who have served our nation with honor and dignity.