From the American Revolutionary War that began with the battles of Concord and Lexington in 1774 to today’s War on Terror, American soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and coastguardmen and women—whether in active duty or serving in the National Guard or the Reserves—all have willingly stepped forward in an unbroken line of valor stretching across two centuries to protect our nation, liberate continents, and defeat tyrants.
A grateful nation observes Veterans Day, November 11, as a day of thanksgiving to honor those Americans who have invested themselves in freedom’s cause and to commemorate their legacy of profound service, valor and sacrifice in nearly 100 armed conflict in our nation’s history.
Since the War of Independence, no generation of Americans has failed to answer the call to arms to defend our country or to advance the cause of peace and freedom around the world. It is for their heroic and selfless contributions that we owe them a debt of honor.
It is our moral obligation to ensure that veterans of the United States Armed Forces receive our support. On this sacred day, let us pay tribute to our sons and daughters who have borne the brunt of battle at the risk of life and limb, to the fallen, the wounded, the missing in action, and to their families. But, also, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered our country’s call. Let us, also, protect the widows and children of those who paid the ultimate price to secure the enduring principles that have made our country a beacon of light and a magnet for all freedom-loving people in the world.