Radio Column

Asa Arkansas's Governor

Honoring Those Who Fought for Freedom

11/11/2016

Column Transcript

It’s been a historical week. The people of America have spoken, and in a few months, we will welcome the 45th President of the United States to office.

Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.”

The votes of the American people were cast, and democracy has prevailed. We’ve elected another president through this time-tested process, and the will of the people has been carried out.

In January 2015, when I gave my inaugural speech at the Arkansas State Capitol, I talked about my excitement for a new day in Arkansas. We live in a time of constant change. It’s something we can always count on. And it’s something that takes us – and our country – in a new direction.

I am forever an optimist, and I’m always proud to be a citizen of this great nation. But freedom is not free. Today, as we enjoy the liberties that our brave men and women fought and died for, we remember our nation’s finest on this year’s Veterans Day.

In Arkansas, we want to do all we can to support our veterans. Together with the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs, we are making it easier for Arkansas veterans to have access to vital resources and services. Over the last year, we have opened six regional offices across the state to serve veterans. And today, I am pleased to announce that the final two offices in Hope and Russellville are ready to open their doors – four years ahead of schedule.

But there’s more good news. With Veterans Affairs Director Matt Snead, we also announced the grand opening of the Arkansas State Veterans Home in North Little Rock. It’s an innovative “small-house design” that includes eight cottages that can house up to 12 residents. Along with a community building, this 31-acre site will offer Arkansas vets top-notch care and has plenty of room for future expansion opportunities.

Yes, there’s much to celebrate on this Veterans Day. I encourage everyone to say “thank you” to one of nearly 250,000 Arkansas veterans. Remember their service, honor their sacrifice and preserve their legacy today, and every day.

It’s been quite a week. At the end of the day, we’re all in this together, and we’re blessed to be citizens this great country we can proudly call home.