One hundred years ago, mankind unleashed a new kind of savagery upon the world - unbridled total warfare on a scale never seen before on this earth - a political assassination set into motion events that would forever transform our world, devastating an entire generation of humanity. And today, on the day that marks the anniversary of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when the guns fell silent, we take the day to remember and pay gratitude for all of those who currently serve or who have served our great Republic.
Those who serve, who give up so much and ask for so little in return - they are the sentinels that stand between us and a world of savagery - they volunteer for a life of danger, of uncertainty, and most of all, of service. They are the men and women who have volunteered to sacrifice their lives upon the altar of liberty, all to secure freedoms to countless people they will never meet.
So today, on this Veterans Day, we at Bruins Nation want to take the opportunity to tell all of our veterans: thank you for your service, your sacrifice, and your selfless dedication to all of us, all of our freedoms, and to our great nation. Thank you so very much.
And on Veterans Day, we want to highlight our pride in the many Bruins who have served in uniform or who are currently serving in uniform, keeping alive a proud tradition of service to the Republic by Bruins, that includes fellow great Bruins like Jackie Robinson (U.S. Army, 1942-1944), Lynn "Buck" Compton (U.S. Army 1943-1945), and Francis Wai (U.S. Army 1940-1944, Medal of Honor).
So, to all of those who are currently serving, many in distant lands far from home, as well as all of our veterans, thank you for your service. All of us owe you a debt of gratitude that no words can convey and without all of our veterans and their honorable service, our great Republic could not, and would not, exist today.
Thank you so very much.