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“In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations, and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose. Toward this end, I am designating the Administrator of Veterans’ Affairs as Chairman of a Veterans Day National Committee, which shall include such other persons as the Chairman may select, and which will coordinate at the national level necessary planning for the observance. I am also requesting the heads of all departments and agencies of the Executive branch of the Government to assist the National Committee in every way possible.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower, October 8, 1954
Lest we forget that the freedoms we enjoy are not free. That there are men and women who are willing to give their lives to preserve those freedoms not only for themselves but for all. It is not a task accomplished only in the past, to be remembered once a year. This duty continues today and their are men and women holding that line in all lines of our military. This duty will continue on into the future and I hope that we never lose sight of its importance.
To all of you who have or are serving in our military, I thank you. Your service is greatly appreciated. I would also like to extend this expression of gratitude to your families as their part is not any easier.