Veteran’s Day 2020: Remembering the Debt


Last week 140,000,000 Americans exercised their right to vote. It is important to remember the price that was paid for that right. It was a price paid in blood, paid in lives, memories, and in loss. A price paid by an American soldier.


We in the UAW recognize and revere our veterans. The sacrifice they have made has paid the way for each of us to enjoy the freedoms we now have. From the beaches of Normandy, to shores of Pearl Harbor to the jungles of Vietnam, it has been the solider that defended our way of life and our interest abroad. It is my fervent plea what we all remember and honor our veterans.


As we pause again to remember our veterans, we should remember every day to fight for our veterans. The promises made to our veterans should be honored, through strengthening the GI Bill, to defending and supporting the VA Hospitals and Wounded Warrior projects.


To quote President John F. Kennedy, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." May we always ensure the praises we echo for our veterans are followed with actions to provide our veterans the services and support they have earned.


On behalf of the leadership and staff of UAW Region 8, we extend our thanks and support to all veterans and their families on this Veteran’s Day. Our thoughts, prayers, and our thanks are always with you. As Winston Churchill said, “Never was so much owed, by so many, to so few.” This Veteran’s Day, we all should renew our belief in that debt and make sure it is always paid in full.


Mitchell Smith UAW Region 8 Director








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