Senator Toni Boucher attends American Legion Post 12 deployment luncheon

October 27, 2009

Senator Boucher made the following remarks at the deployment luncheon on October 24th:

It is a distinct privilege to join so many friends and families today to extend the gratitude of the state of Connecticut to all of you.

It is said that, “a solider is someone who, for the sake of country, deliberately places himself or herself in harm’s way, who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States of America ‘ for an amount of up to and including their life.” That is honor; that is true devotion to one’s fellow being.

As you depart please understand: We respect and value your service to our country and state. We appreciate the sacrifices that your families will be making during your time away from them. And that we owe a great debt of gratitude to you who served, those who have served before you, and those who sacrificed their lives or their health so that we can live free and secure

We should acknowledge the many soldiers who at this very moment are putting their lives on the line for us even though they have never met us or know who we are.

There are parents, wives, husbands and children who have the person they most cherish in harms way protecting us right now. They should also be recognized for their courage and fortitude as they wait and pray for their loved one to return to them safely.

It is particularly fitting to have so many young people here to pay tribute to those that are protecting our freedoms. As soldiers you provide the best role model and serve as a constant reminder for all future generations of children who strive to grown up to be just as strong, courageous, compassionate and true to a country that gives us the freedom to pursue our own happiness.

The country thanks you; Connecticut thanks you, and wishes you a safe journey with God’s blessings until you return safe and healthy back to the people who love you.