“From the end of World War II to dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Cold War veterans were in the vanguard of the Nation’s defenses,”. “Although long overdue, this legislation will honor and recognize the American patriots who for nearly half-a-century defended the Nation against the advance of communist ideology in the form of the Cold War Service Medal. The commitment, motivation, and fortitude of these brave service members was second to none and their actions should be recognized in a long-standing military custom befitting their patriotism and service.”
-- Senator Olympia Snowe, Nov. 5 2009
“The millions of Americans who served in uniform in the armed forces during the Cold War, spanning more than four decades, were the living embodiment of our nation’s strategy of deterrence,”. “In their efforts to preserve peace, hundreds died during isolated armed confrontations when the Cold War flashed hot at remote locations around the world. This legislation will appropriately honor those who served in an effort that resulted in the largest single expansion in the number of democratically elected governments in world history.”
-- Senator Jim Webb, Nov. 5, 2009
“America’s Cold War veterans deserve every honor we can bestow upon them for their hard work and dedication to keeping our nation safe,”. “The Cold War Service Medal would allow military service members, veterans, and their families to receive the recognition and honor they rightfully deserve. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure our veterans receive the support and care they and their families need. It’s the least we can do as a grateful nation.”
-- Senator Blanche Lincoln, Nov. 5, 2009
“For 46 years, we were engaged in a worldwide battle against communism,”. “During that time, there were countless heroes, who served in our nation’s Armed Forces and played a critical role in America’s triumph. These men and women, who sacrificed so much for so many, deserve to be awarded the Cold War Service Medal in recognized of their faithful service to their country and tireless defense of freedom around the world.”
-- Senator Mary Landrieu, Nov. 5, 2009
"The land of unlimited opportunity was for me, for a long time, impossible to reach. The wall, barbed wire and the order to shoot at those who tried to leave limited my access to the free world,” she said. “Today is first and foremost a time to say thank you,” “I shall personally never, ever forget this,” -- Chancellor Angela Merkel, Nov 3, 2009
“Many Americans died in operations that remain, even to this day, unacknowledged, entailing heroism and loss that have yet to be revealed to a grateful nation. We should remember and honor those whose sacrifices brought about a victorious conclusion to the Cold War, to the enormous betterment of the United States and the world. Cold War warriors have now entered the history books for their roles in conquering tyranny and freeing millions from communist servitude.”
-- Dr. Donald C. Winter, Secretary of Navy, 2006
"The cold war was the longest war in United States history. Because of the nuclear capabilities of our enemy it was the most dangerous conflict our country ever faced. Those that won this war did so in obscurity. Those that gave their lives in the cold war have never been properly honored."
-- Senator Harry Reid
"World War III, was the Cold War, and the U.S. won it".
-- Norman Podhoretz's, 2007
"To the Cold War veterans here, know that your steadfast efforts preserved a delicate balance, and, because of you, the global war that many feared never came to pass. We are thankful for you, as we are for all the veterans here with us."
-- Admiral Mike Mullen 2005
"The Cold War was a war, and we won it. "
-- Donald Rumsfeld, 2005
"World War III, was the Cold War".
-- James R. Woolsey, 2003
"And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades."
-- Robert M. Gates, 1996
“You have won the Cold War. … [Your] underappreciated valor [helped] topple the Berlin Wall, and bring down dictators the world over. … For the past four decades the world behind the Iron Curtain … looked to Americans for hope, and America looked to you to get the job done. Today, the free world says thank you.”
-- Senator Bob Dole during a special Capitol Hill tribute to the armed forces on May 24, 1990
"By the grace of God, we won the Cold War. "
-- George H.W. Bush, 1992
"The long bitter years of the Cold War are over. America and her allies have won; totally, decisively, and overwhelmingly....So thank you SAC. Job well done. Enjoy your retirement."
-- Gen. Colin Powel, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1992
"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."
-- Ronald Reagan
"We walked to the brink and we looked it in the face."
--John Foster Dulles
“Poor is the nation that has no heroes, but poorer still is the nation that having heroes, fails to remember and honor them.” -- Cicero