This historic moment is an opportunity to reflect on the countless lessons we have learned along the way and to make sure, as servicemen and women return home, that we maintain our commitment to serve them as well as they have served us. As Chairman of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee, I will be relentless in making sure we honor this commitment. We must also remain firm in our resolve to help the Iraqi people to be independent and self-sufficient.
While the war in Iraq is officially over, there is still work to be done and we must not forget about the 50,000 troops that will remain, helping to train Iraqi forces and continuing to rebuild the nation. We must always remember those who lost their lives, or were injured, while carrying out their duties.
I thank the numerous soldiers from the Hudson Valley, and their families, for their sacrifice. I look forward to watching mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, and husbands and wives reuniting on American soil. This is a day all of us have been waiting for, as we move one step closer to ending to this chapter in our nation’s history.