The Veterans Day ceremony at Chicago’s Soldier Field featured politicians and service members—and some who can claim to be both.
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Hoffman Estates), a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot who lost both her legs in Iraq in 2004, said those who have served in the military made a sacrifice for the rest of the country.
“Most Americans did not step forward, but you did,” Duckworth said.
Seated on the opposite side of the stage from Duckworth was U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), a former U.S. Naval Reserve intelligence officer whom Duckworth hopes to challenge next year, should she win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
Kirk said he hopes to help veterans through his work in Congress, such as the $80 billion appropriations bill for the Veterans Administration and military construction passed this week.
“In this partisan time, we got everybody to stand behind veterans health care because without our veterans, we would have no country,” Kirk said.
Gov. Bruce Rauner and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) also spoke at the ceremony.