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We must be the great arsenal of democracy These renowned words were spoken by President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1940 America is a land known by many names the arsenal of democracy the land of opportunity and as President George Bush puts it the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world These names all center on one fact - America is truly the land of the free We give people fundamental rights such as liberty equality justice and the pursuit of happiness immigrants flock here by the millions to taste this liberty pie Who do we thank for the sweet taste of freedom Many might say the Founding Fathers or the great presidents of this nation but the people whom I credit this amazing accomplishment to are the millions of men and women who have fought valiantly to defend the liberty and justice which this country represents the people which we refer to as veterans 159 In World War I more than 350000 men were on the casualtydead lists in World War II almost 300000 men died or were missing in action another 675000 were injured In the Korean War 30000 men and women died in the Vietnam War another 40000 soldiers died These gallant individuals died while defending are country from unjust tyranny so as to insure that future generations such as you and I will still be able to enjoy the basic rights every human is entitled to Millions are serve in the armed forces so that should there be an incident that threatens our democratic society we will be protected with the same spirit and vigor that was possessed by the courageous men and women of previous wars Throughout history American veterans have not only defended us from invaders but have also stifled internal controversies In 1861 the United States was broken in two when the southern slave-owning states seceded from the Union After four blood-spattered years and
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