This Veterans’ Day, we unite as a nation to remember and honor the millions of brave men and women who have served our nation in uniform. Because of their noble service and tremendous sacrifices, the United States stands as a beacon of democracy, hope and opportunity to the rest of the world.
To all veterans and their families, I thank you for your courage, your character, your strength, and the enduring power of your example. All Americans owe you our gratitude and appreciation for your commitment and sacrifice for our nation.
Today, our thoughts and prayers also are with our veterans of tomorrow — the 1.4 million Americans serving in our Armed Forces, including the more than 189,000 servicemen and women who are in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan. We wish all our soldiers Godspeed and a safe return home.