2008 Veterans Day
This Veterans Day, we pay tribute to those men and women who have defended our Constitution on the fields of the battle, both near and far. Since our Nation's founding, every generation has stepped forth--brave patriots willing to place the freedom of others before their own lives. Their sacrifices have given meaning to our values and ideas. For that, we thank them.
On November 11, 1918, Americans marked the end of World War I with a day of thanksgiving and prayer, believing it had been "the war to end all wars." President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that the holiday "be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory..." Yet, foes of liberty continue to emerge--threats not yet envisioned in 1918--requiring the steadfast service and resolve of subsequent generations of American Soldiers."
Today--90 years later--we are in an area of persistent conflict and the stakes for our country are high once again. In the complex and challenging environment of the 21st century, a new generation of American heroes has taken up the fight in defense of our values and ideals. On this special day of commemoration, we honor all Veterans who have served on the frontlines and the home front. For their selfless service and sacrifice let us all commit ourselves to supporting our Veterans, as well as their Families, each and every day.