(WASHINGTON) – On the eve of Veteran’s Day, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke ground on the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial at a ceremony in front of hundreds of disabled and able-bodied veterans.
"In the name of all veterans, past, present and future, we break ground today to ensure that time does not dim the glory of their deeds," Pelosi said.
Pelosi shared a personal story Wednesday as she recalled a memory of her uncle, Johnny D’Alesandrio, who died in the Battle of the Bulge. She said her father mourned his brother’s death daily, but took pride in the sacrifice he made for the country.
"As we approach Veteran’s Day, we reaffirm our commitment to the patriotism, the courage and service of all men and women in uniform, whether they’re in the theater of battle or wherever they serve our country," Pelosi said.
Pelosi also took a moment to applaud the bipartisan effort in Congress to extend benefits to American veterans. She also noted that a continued effort is needed to ensure veteran’s health does not become privatized.
Upon completion in 2012, the memorial will be the only permanent public tribute to America’s disabled veterans.
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