The United States of America owes our troops in uniform a debt of gratitude, and we owe our military Families the strong support necessary to make sure that they understand that we appreciate their sacrifices. Our mission in Iraq has been long and trying. But when the history books are written, they will show that this generation of heroes was as great as any in the history of our nation. They will show that America refused to shrink in the face of terror. They will show that freedom prevailed.