As we celebrate the historical significance of
it is important to remember that from the 21.8 million veterans who have served our nation (
484,901 live in Tennessee
), 2.2+ million are black,
1.2 million veterans are Hispanic
, 265,000 are Asian, 153,000 are Native American, 30,000 are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 17.5 million are non-Hispanic white and 1.6 million are female (Source: U.S Census).
Read the 2015 Presidential Proclamation
It is a great privilege for us to salute those brave men and women who answered the call to duty. Their extraordinary courage and dedication, through history and around the world, honor our nation and its people. It is now our responsibility to honor these individuals, many of them family members and neighbors, to ensure that their service and sacrifice is not forgotten.
To all our service men and women, we are thankful for your service. And to all our Veterans, the legacy of your service lives on. Today, we live in a better world thanks to your courage and sacrifice.