Today, November 11, is Veterans Day. Today we honor all of those who serve or served in our armed forces: Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard. This is a holiday that is also celebrated in many other countries, often under another name such as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. It's celebrated on November 11 because the holiday originated to commemorate the end of World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. It was later expanded in the U.S. to recognize all of our veterans.
Take a moment to thank those men and women who have served and protected all of us and the country that we and they cherish. From World War I through World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the first Gulf War, to the Iraq and Afghan campaigns in the War on Terror and to the many smaller conflicts in which our service people have served, these people have represented us, protected us, and have overwhelmingly been a force for freedom in the world. They have sacrificed on all our behalf. They deserve our respect every day of the year. But today is the day we give voice to that respect. Take the time to thank a soldier, a sailor, an airman, or a marine today.
To all of you who have served and those who continue to serve, thank you.