Today marks the 99th year we have honored those who served our country in uniform. Each year I look forward to Veteran’s Day and the opportunity we have to recognize and thank our veterans. I can think of no better way to start the holiday season than by honoring those men and women who served and fought, and those who gave the last full measure of devotion to afford us the freedom to celebrate the holidays with those we love.

For many years now I had the privilege of attending the American Preparatory Academy’s annual Veteran’s Day Program. In this incredible program, the students invite their veteran family members and friends to the school to honor them through speeches and song. Each year the students conclude the program by singing the powerful yet simple song, “Thank you, Soldiers”. Today, I would like to add my grateful voice to all the students who have sung these words:

When I lay my head down ev’ry night and go to sleep in peace, I can stay there knowing all is well, while you’re standing on your feet. …
To the soldiers who have traveled on to countries far and near. In peace and war you paid the price for the cause you hold so dear.
That we may wake each morning bright and know that freedom rings. Because of your great sacrifice, your country joins to sing:
Thank you, oh thank you, Men and women brave and strong, To those who served so gallantly we sing this grateful song.

To all the veterans and their family members who have served, fought, and sacrificed so much for our country, thank you.

–Utah Senate President Wayne Niederhauser

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