On Veterans Day, we join Americans across this great Nation in commemorating the patriotism and contributions of the men and women who serve and have served as members of the United States Armed Forces. On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, Americans everywhere will pause and pay tribute to our veterans.

More than 850,000 veterans have recently reintegrated into civilian communities across the United States. As part of the U.S. Army Forces Command team, you constitute a new generation of American veterans. You are important members of an all-volunteer Total Force consisting of the active Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve. I salute you and your Families for your selfless dedication.

Let us especially honor the thousands of servicemembers who will spend this holiday in harmís way as they serve our Nation and reach out to their Families who patiently await their return home.

I thank each of you for your dedicated service and I encourage you to thank your fellow veterans for their contribution to our Nationís security.

God bless our Soldiers, veterans and their Families.

Freedomís Guardian!