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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


VIDEO: A Veterans Day Message from Rep. Diane Black

November 11, 2015
Press Release

To watch a video of Rep. Black's remarks, click HERE or the image above 

Gallatin, TN – Today, Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released a special video message commemorating the Veterans Day holiday. A transcript of Congressman Black’s remarks is provided below. To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

Hi, I’m Congressman Diane Black. Today we pay tribute to the more than 500,000 Tennesseans who have worn the uniform of our country and who defended her honor in times of war and peace.

Veterans Day speaks to the very best of America. And for me, the occasion is an opportunity to honor my father, my brother, my husband, and my son.

I know so many of you have special veterans in your life. If you’re like me, you are proud of their service and you want them to know that their sacrifices will be reflected in the decisions that are made in Washington. That is one of the reasons why I am serving here today.

On Veterans Day, I often think back to a famous quote from our nation’s 40th President, Ronald Reagan, that hangs on a placard in my office.

It says “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Our nation’s veterans have heeded that call and some paid the ultimate sacrifice in the process.

To our veterans in Tennessee’s 6th District and across this country: We are grateful for your service, we are inspired by your example, and we pledge to keep telling your story – so that our children and our children’s children will know that freedom was bought with a price.

From my family to yours, Happy Veterans Day and God bless.


Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees