He said Memorial Day on May 30 and Veterans Day Nov. 11 honor veterans.
“This is a unique opportunity for those folks out there who are currently serving and for us to tell them we really appreciate their service and what they do and that we’re really behind them. I think they need that,” Anderson said.
Barlow said there are currently more than 2.4 million men and women in the military.
She said those who serve put service before themselves and their families.
“When I think of those serving our armed forces, regardless of what branch and what duties they perform, I think of one word and that word is sacrifice. In doing this they’re giving their all,” Barlow said.
“They’re ready to deploy at a moment’s notice and prepare to put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms and our way of life. They endure so the rest of us can live freely. No matter where these men and women are serving or what their missions are, they are all making sacrifices for a better world for the rest of us … Each one of them has a story.”
She recalled a member of the Air Force who was headed to Afghanistan and was killed in Germany on March 2, 2011, after moving his family to England a month prior.
Barlow said when she went to the man’s home to tell his wife, the family still had not completely unpacked.
Posthumously, the man was awarded the Purple Heart, she said.
Barlow said the dedication of those in military that make this country strong.
“They’re not there fighting for glory. They don’t care how many medals they earn or how many times they see their names in the newspaper or on TV. They’re out there every minute of every day fighting for what they believe in. They’re fighting for peace and security for their families and for our families. They’re fighting so the rest of us don’t have to. They’re fighting for the freedoms that make the United States of America the greatest nation on Earth,” she said