Messages from First Liberty Staff Thanking America’s Veterans

November 10, 2023
Messages to Veterans | First Liberty Insider

by Jorge Gomez • 5 min read

Veterans Day is a solemn occasion when Americans honor those who served our country in uniform.

We owe an immense debt of gratitude to our veterans and active-duty service members. They’re the reason why our Republic and our Constitution are still standing. It’s fitting to set aside a time to pause and reflect on the incredible sacrifices they make.

Think of how much time veterans and service members have spent away from their family and loved ones. Think of the countless soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, guardians and coastguardsmen who put life and limb on the line to keep our nation safe from foreign threats. Think of those who gave their full measure of devotion and laid down their lives, or who tragically lost one of their teammates during combat. The list of sacrifices made by our military heroes is virtually endless.

Of all people, veterans and members of our military deserve to enjoy the constitutional freedoms they protected.

Here at First Liberty, it’s our honor to defend and restore religious liberty for veterans and all members of America’s armed forces. It’s our hope and our desire that we can commemorate all that they do through the work that we do.

America’s veterans never gave up on our country, and First Liberty will never give up on them. We’ll continue standing by their side and providing them the best legal representation if their religious freedom comes under attack. They deserve no less.

Watch this special Veterans Day tribute:

This Veterans Day, our attorneys and staff who served in our nation’s military want to let all our veterans know that we are ever grateful for their service. First Liberty will never forget your sacrifice.

David Holmes, U.S. Air Force
First Liberty Institute, Exec. Vice President, COO, & CFO

“My family holds dear a rich tradition of citizen soldiers – Americans who fought tyranny wherever it was to be found. I wanted to be like them and to live at the tip of the sword. I simply wanted to defend the nation’s honor, so I didn’t do it for money or medals, but to know that I had done my part. I once visited Dachau and that reinforced my instincts that it is always righteous to fight for freedom. I am but one of millions that made that decision and would do it a million times over again.”

Mike Berry, U.S. Marine Corps
First Liberty Institute, Deputy General Counsel and Director of Military Affairs

“The most powerful weapon in the world is not a tank, a stealth bomber or even an aircraft carrier. It is the American service member, who answers the call to serve and to sacrifice. As a combat veteran, I’ve had the honor of serving with men and women who would not hesitate to go into harm’s way—even to pay the ultimate sacrifice—in order to protect this nation we so dearly love. And the greatest tribute we can pay to those who run to the sounds of danger is to remember them well. As warriors grow old, our bodies may break and our wounds may become scar-tissue. We don’t fight for gold or for glory. All we ask is that the legacy of selfless service and sacrifice not die with us. Remembering that legacy ensures America will always have the most powerful weapon on earth.”

Danielle Runyan, U.S. Air Force
First Liberty Institute, Senior Counsel

“I’m honored to serve our great nation on the heels of fearless heroes who proudly and willingly accepted the ultimate responsibility of protecting and defending our country with their lives. I pray our proud legacy of an all-volunteer mighty force continues and that the embodiment of the warrior spirit forever defines the American service member. May God bless America and those who gave their lives for our indispensable freedoms.”

Roger Byron, U.S. Navy
First Liberty Institute, Senior Counsel

“Today, to keep us safe, U.S. Navy Sailors on ships, on submarines, in squadrons, and in special warfare units in all corners of the globe will spend yet another day in harm’s way, separated from everything and everyone they know and love. After a full day, they will stay up through the night keeping watch over us while we sleep. And they will do it again tomorrow. That is devotion.”

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