On this Veterans Day, in the midst of Native American Heritage month, we especially celebrate and remember our American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian military veterans. We thank you.

Native Americans have served proudly and courageously in every major U.S. conflict from the Revolutionary War to the war in Afghanistan. In the 20th century, many Native Americans were among those to receive the United States’ highest military honor, The Medal of Honor: Jack C. Montgomery (Cherokee), Ernest Childers (Creek), Van Barfoot (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians), Woodrow Wilson Keebler (Sioux), Mitchell Red Cloud Jr. (Ho-Chunk), and Charles George (Eastern Band of Cherokee), to name a few.

Given for military heroism “above and beyond the call of duty,” these heroes exhibited extraordinary bravery and, in two cases, made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. And they were not alone. Native American veterans consistently have dedicated themselves to protecting and serving all of us. This Veterans Day, we celebrate, remember, thank, and honor all past and present veterans who have served our nation, and their families, for all that they have done and given.

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