Today, please take time to reflect and acknowledge our great veterans.
Please reflect on veterans achievements, their courage, their
dedication, and to say thank you for their sacrifices. Each year, the
White House posts The President’s Veterans Day Proclamation to their
website, which reads:
When Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner” over 200 years
ago, he called America, “the land of the free and the home of the
brave.” Those words are as true today as they were then.
Throughout this Nation’s history, America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen,
Marines and coastguardsmen have bravely answered the call to defend our
freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors.
We can never fully repay our debt of gratitude to the more than 650,000
American service members who died in battle or the 1.4 million who were
wounded. We can, however, recognize and thank the 25 million veterans
still living today.
These words are inscribed on the Korean War Memorial in Washington,
D.C.: “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to
defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.”
Those words apply equally to many of our World War I, World War II,
Vietnam War and Gulf War veterans as well. They apply to today’s active
duty service members — tomorrow’s veterans — who are helping to maintain
peace throughout the world.
Today, it is our privilege to say “thank you” to all of America’s
veterans, to let them know that we appreciate them for their service and
honor them for their sacrifices.
The price of freedom is high. We cannot afford to forget those willing
to pay it. Today, we celebrate America’s veterans for keeping this
the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Parents, please ask your son/daughter, how can you become more involved
with providing service in our community? There are many ways to become
more involved and be productive, it is our hope that you take part in