This weekend, America will recognize its military service members past and present, living and departed.
The first Armistice Day was celebrated on Nov. 11, 1919 to commemorate the end of World War I the previous year. While many nations around the world still celebrate Armistice Day or Remembrance Day, in the United States the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to recognize America’s veterans of all wars.
Each one of us answered our nation’s call to serve for their own personal reason, but what we all have in common is the oath we took to defend the constitution against all enemies.
We all share a common sense of duty to our nation and commitment to our brothers and sisters standing watch to our left and right.
Thank you all for the thousand little things you do every day that make you the professionals that you are, and the greatest fighting force our nation has ever seen. It has been an honor serving with you.
While many of our troopers will have the opportunity to take a few days off from work to celebrate the holiday with their Family and friends, let us all keep in mind those members of the team deployed around the world and separated from their loved ones, as well as our brothers and sisters-in-arms lost over the last year, but never forgotten.