A Veterans Day tribute
The tradition that we observe today has its direct roots in Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of hostilities in the Great War at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
It was hoped that it would be the last day of the war to end all wars, but that was a vain wish. Barely a decade has passed that the United States has not been engaged in a conflict that has produced veterans of foreign wars.
And even in times of peace, the men and women who have served in our armed forces have done the hard and important work of protecting the American people and the nation’s freedoms.
We have the Fourth of July to celebrate those freedoms. And Memorial Day on which we solemnly reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Today is the day on which we salute and thank all who have worn an armed services uniform.