George W. Bush has message for Afghanistan War veterans: ‘Nothing can tarnish your honor’

Former President George W. Bush speaks during a memorial for the passengers and crew of United Flight 93, Saturday Sept. 11, 2021, in Shanksville, Pa., on the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Former President George W. Bush shared a message with veterans and service members during his Saturday speech marking 20 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Bush spoke from the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pennsylvania, where he remembered some 3,000 people who lost their lives in four separate terrorist attacks on the most significant day of the 43rd president’s two-term presidency.

“After 9/11, millions of brave Americans stepped forward and volunteered to serve in the armed forces, and military measures taken over the last 20 years to pursue dangers at their source have led to debate,” Bush said. “But one thing is certain: we owe an assurance to all who have fought our nation’s most recent battles.”

Speaking directly to “veterans and people in uniform,” Bush continued: “The cause you pursued in the call of duty is the noblest America has to offer. You have shielded your fellow citizens from danger. You have defended the beliefs of your country and advanced the rights of the downtrodden.