On November 7, 2013 Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland asked for permission to address the United States Senate regarding an important issue – Veteran Day.
“While I am proud of all of our veterans, I am especially proud of the veterans in my State. Maryland has a long and proud military tradition. Maryland is known as the Old Line State. Some people think that comes from the Mason Dixon Line, but it actually dates back to 1776, less than 2 months after the Declaration of Independence, when George Washington’s army was nearing annihilation in an indefensible position at Brooklyn Heights. They were faced with overwhelming odds, and the British Army–the most powerful military force in the world at the time–was closing in around them. But on this historic day 400 Marylanders who made up the Maryland Line stepped up against those overwhelming odds and ran into the breach in defense of our Nation. Today, there is a plaque over the mass graves of those citizen soldiers that reads simply this: “In honor of the Maryland 400, who on this battlefield on August 27, 1776, saved the American Army.”
“Every year I make it a priority on Veterans Day to take an opportunity to thank the millions of brave men and women who served our Nation in uniform and honor them for their courage, dedication, and sacrifice. In my first year as a Senator of Maryland I went to Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills for a Veterans Day observance, as well as attended a Veterans Day Salute and groundbreaking of a new facility for Baltimore Station, which provides innovative therapeutic residential treatment program supporting veterans who are transitioning through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency”, said Senator Cardin http://thomas.loc.gov).