Today the nation pauses to honor the fallen â€” the courageous Americans who heard the call to serve, followed it into harmâ€™s way, and gave their all in defense of freedom. Our thoughts today are of the 54 Kansans killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and of their loved ones, for whom loss is a daily companion. We also feel the immensity of the debt owed to all those in the armed forces who have died protecting Americaâ€™s liberty and security, not just in this century but over the nationâ€™s history. It is because of their selfless valor that Americans are able to live freely and peacefully.
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