Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to mark the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War:
“On March 19, 2003, brave members of our armed forces were ordered into service in Iraq. In the ensuing years, nearly 4,500 of those service members would not return home; tens of thousands would come back wounded, injured, changed forever.
“Today, ten years later, our combat mission is over and our troops no longer patrol the deserts of Iraq. We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in battle and honor those who came safely home. We pay tribute to the courageous men and women in uniform who did all that was asked of them and performed with valor, patriotism, and dedication to duty. We pledge to ensure that, as once inscribed on the walls of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, ‘time will not dim the glory of their deeds.’
“As we look back on the war in Iraq, we look forward to a future of peace, security, and stability across the globe. By the light of our values, by the bravery of our military, by the power of our example and our actions, the United States will remain focused on caring for our veterans and their families, committed to advancing the cause of freedom, and devoted to continued American leadership around the world.”