Seattle (November 10, 2019) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan issued the following statement ahead of Veterans Day, which will be observed tomorrow, Monday, November 11:
“Tomorrow and every day I reflect on the incredible sacrifices of all those who have bravely served our country. I am deeply grateful for their service, sacrifice, and courage.
“When I decided to run for this office, I announced at the Pacific Tower for a special reason: my father, who fought in World War II and served as a Navy frogman.
“World War II nearly broke my father – he was injured in a catastrophic accident at the end of the war. Pacific Tower at the time was a naval hospital, and my father spent most of a year there as doctors put him back together.
“He defied the odds, walked out of that building, and entered the University of Washington on the GI bill. He met my mom at UW; she was the very spirited love of his life.
“Seattle literally rebuilt my father, and gave him a new life.
“Veterans Day is a reminder of what so many people have sacrificed for our country, and how we must keep our commitment to them.
“Thank you to all who have served, and to those that serve today. We must – and we will – remember your sacrifices.”