Since this nation was born, Americans have defended our freedom at risk, and sometimes at the cost, of their lives. They have done this in peacetime — which they go into service knowing is ever fragile — and in hundreds of battles around the world and close to home.
Here, in alphabetical order, are just some of them:
Aachen, Algiers, Alsay, An Loc, Antietam, Anzio, Ardennes, Argonne, Ashau Valley, Atlanta, Attu, Avranches, Azizbad.
Bastogne, Bataan, Belleau Wood, Biak, Bismarck Sea, Beruit, Bladensburg, Bougainville, Brandywine, Buena Vista, Bull Run, Bunker Hill.
Casablanca, Cassino, Cerro Gordo, Chancellorsville, Chapultepec, Charleston, Chateau-Thierry, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Chippewa, Chongjin Reservoir, Chora, Churubusco, Cold Harbor, Coral Sea, Corregidor, Cowpens.
Daiquiri, Dak To, Danaheh, Debecka, Desert Storm, Do Ab, Doan, Dutch Harbor.
Eindhoven, El Caney, Empress Augusta Bay.
Falaise, Fallen Timbers, Fallujah, Finger Ridge, Finschhafen, Firebase Anaconda, Fort McHenry, Fort Pitt, Fort Sumter, Fredericksburg.
Gafsa, Gaine's Mill, Gettysburg, Grenada, Guadalcanal, Guam.
Hamburg, Hamhung, Hampton Roads, Hanoi, Horseshoe Bend, Hue, Hurtgen Forest.
Iron Horse Mountain, Inchon, Iwo Jima, Java Sea.
Kabul, Kakarak, Kasserine Pass, Kaskaskia, Kennesaw Mountain, Khaz Oruzgan, Khe Sanh, Kings Mountain, Korungal Valley, Kunduz.
Lae, Lake Champlain, Lake Erie, Lexington-Concord, Leyte, Lingayen Gulf, Little Big Horn, Luke's Castle, Lundy's Lane.
Malvern Hill, Manila Bay, Mekong Delta, Metz, Midway, Mobile Bay, Monmouth, Montreal, Munda, Murfreesboro, Musa Qala.
Nasiriyah, New Britain, New Orleans, Nicaragua, Nijmegen, Normandy, North Atlantic, Now Zad.
Okinawa, Old Baldy, Oran, Oriskany. Palau, Palo Alto, Palermo, Panama, Pearl Harbor, Petersburg, Philippine Sea, Pleiku, Ploesti, Pork Chop Hill, Princeton.
Queenstown Heights, Quan Trin, Rabaul, Rapido River, Red River, Remagen, Rhine River.
Saigon, St. Mihiel, Saipan, Salerno, Sanjin, San Juan Hill, Saratoga, Savo Island, Sayyd Alma Kalay, Schweinfurt, Seven Days, Seven Pines, Shewan, Shiloh, Siberia Hill, Siboney, Spotslvania, Surigao Strait.
Taegu, Taejon, Taku Ghar, Tarawa, Thames River, Ticonderoga, Tippecanoe, Tora Bora, Trenton. Ulithi.
Vera Cruz, Verdun, Vicksburg. Wake Island, West Point, White Plains, Wounded Knee. Xuan Loc. Yorktown.
On Veterans Day, please ponder the sacrifices for freedom these names and historic places represent.