Today marks the 10th anniversary of the war in Iraq. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., had a special page on his website with a letter posted regarding the anniversary.

“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your dedicated service to our country,” Graham stated.

Graham wrote about the sacrifices made and his belief that Iraq was a central battlefront in the War on Terror.

“This ten year anniversary is an opportunity to honor the excellent job done by our Armed Forces and to rededicate ourselves to the job that lies ahead. There is still much more to be done as we must remain vigilant, but I am confident that America is up to the challenge,” Graham stated.

The war started on March 20, 2003, and has led to the loss of nearly 4,500 Americans and more than 100,000 Iraqis.

It began with the purpose of taking down Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s dictator at the time, and eliminate his weapons of mass destruction. No WMD were ever found. Hussein was caught and later tried in court. He was executed in December 2006.

The war for Americans ended in December 2011.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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