On November 11, 1918, the armistice ending World War I was signed and more than 4.7 million Americans put down their arms and returned to a time of peace and strengthening our country. The date marking the end of the first global conflict was initially called Armistice Day, but in 1954, Congress renamed it Veterans Day, recognizing all men and women who have served in our U.S. Armed Forces. Today, we commemorate the 56th Veterans Day.
In invite you to join me in paying tribute to the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have so bravely defended our great nation. These individuals have answered the highest call, defending America at every turn and standing up for peace and freedom around the world. Our country is forever indebted to them.
If you have served in our Armed Forces, I want to personally thank you today for your valor, loyalty and dedication. Thank you for your willingness to sacrifice so our nation can be free. You are an inspiration to me and to so many others!