Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans. Formerly known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I in 1918. In 1954, following both World War II and the Korean War, the U.S. Congress – at the urging of veterans service organizations – approved legislation to make Nov. 11th a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Since that first Veterans Day in 1954, Americans have come together to honor and commemorate the service and sacrifice of all generations of men and women who answered the call to serve our nation.

Their legacy surrounds all Americans each day through the freedoms they guarantee us – in our public meeting places, the places we pray and play, and in the places we cast our votes or lines.  We are able to do these things, and enjoy these freedoms, because of those who have worn the uniform of our Armed Services.  They have answered the call to service – ensuring that in times of both conflict and peace their courage would not waver.  They have protected and upheld the great promises of our Constitution.

Today, and every day, we honor the millions of living Veterans and recognize their great achievements.  Please take a moment today to thank a veteran and to remember those who are no longer with us.