On this Veterans Day 2011, we wish to commemorate all the men and women who have served our nation in the Armed Forces. We honor the brave American veterans who for more than 230 years have underwritten our freedom by their duty, honor and selfless-service.
America’s history is replete with patriots who were willing to lay down their lives for the freedom this country was founded. In every generation, Americans have answered the call to duty, and this proud, noble tradition continues to this day. Today, we still have more than 130,000 American soldiers deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and thousands more posted around the world. Their service reveals their character, and their sacrifice brings honor to our nation. These are the heroes we remember and pay tribute to on Veterans Day.
While Americans may not always agree on why or where to sends troops, we should never forget the breadth of the sacrifice by our nation’s service members. They accept the burden so that all of us, and our children when we are gone, will continue to enjoy the blessing of freedom. Their story is not a new one. America’s veterans put themselves in harm’s way because they believe in preserving freedom for the generations to come.
Veterans have given up their time, their rights and sometimes their lives to defend our freedom and to bring freedom to others. These soldiers understand the meaning of the words “duty, honor and sacrifice.” We can never truly repay these American heroes for everything they do, but we can thank them. That’s what Veterans Day is about, setting time aside as a nation to salute all those who have ever worn the uniform. Their sacrifice is great and understood by very few. We should never forget what we have asked them to give and what they have so willingly provided, all in the name of freedom.
In the U.S., Veterans Day is observed annually to honor military veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our country. In other parts of the world, it is celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. Today’s date marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I, when major hostilities of the war were formally called to an end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
Happy Veterans Day to all who have served this great nation. Thank you for your courage and dedication. Thank you for our freedom from V2 Cigs.
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