FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 12, 2016
[TRIANGLE, VA.] United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) International President Cecil E. Roberts issued the following statement today:
”On this Veterans Day, it is important to remember that our basic rights as Americans are not guaranteed because simply someone wrote them down; they are guaranteed because people put on our nation’s uniforms and fought to defend them.
“Regardless of how people voted last Tuesday, their ability to do so was defended by generations of active duty service members – far too many of whom gave their lives. Our right to vote, our right to free speech, our right to worship as we please, our right to seek redress from our government, our right to protest and many more rights have been given to us by our veterans.
“So whether you are about to assume a political office as a result of the election or out in the streets protesting that same result, thank a veteran. They made it all possible.”