When Churchill spoke those words he was referring specifically to the Royal Air Force and the role they had played in helping Great Britain stave off the approaching Nazis during the early stages of World War II. These words were certainly appropriate then and, in my opinion, equally as appropriate now.
If you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran, I thank you for your service and for your sacrifices. Whatever issues we face and whatever troubles we have as a society and as a country, we would not be here without you and we wouldn’t even have the privilege of a debate or a disagreement if not for your heroic deeds.
If you are currently a member of our Armed Services, may you have the opportunity to complete your watch and return home safely so that you may enjoy the benefits of your labor.
If you are a Police Officer, retired or active, because I know that the heart of a Police Officer remains on active duty regardless of your status, thank you for the great and often unheralded work that you do for us every day. I cannot fully understand what it must be like to face the challenges that you face on a routine basis, but I know that your work is necessary and sometimes the only line we have between civilization and chaos.
I appreciate you and everything that you do. Thank you.