Schumer Floor Remarks on Veterans Day

November 10, 2020

Washington, D.C. — Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor regarding Veterans Day and the importance of recognizing and honoring our heroes. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:

Tomorrow, we will all proudly observe Veterans Day, a chance to honor our veterans—heroes who come from every walk of life, every color and creed, joined by a common love of country and an uncommon love for their fellow Americans. This week, we say again thank you, thank you, thank you, to each and every veteran for their service.

Like so many things this year, Veterans Day will be different. We cannot come together as we’d normally do, we hold in our thoughts and prayers the veterans across the United States whose lives have been touched by this awful disease. And we give special thanks to the many veterans who work as teachers, health workers, doctors, nurses, community leaders…the very heroes, in a different sense, who are keeping our communities going during these tough times. We in the Senate have a solemn responsibility to make sure that they continue to get the help they need.

Finally, it’s always a little different when we observe a Veterans Day in the aftermath of an election. We must never forget our freedoms—to speak freely, assemble peaceably, choose our leaders forge our own destiny—have been secured, time and again, by the sacrifice of Americans who have worn the uniform.