Chairman’s Corner: Happy Veterans Day

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 — Across our Nation tomor­row, we hon­or those who have served so nobly in uni­form, self­less­ly defend­ing and pro­tect­ing America’s promise through­out our his­to­ry.

But that same his­to­ry teach­es us that peace does not pre­serve itself. It demands effort and pain and sac­ri­fice. It also requires gen­er­a­tions of young men and women, will­ing to deploy to the far ends of the earth to, as one memo­r­i­al puts it, defend coun­tries “they nev­er knew and a peo­ple they nev­er met.” 

Today, a new gen­er­a­tion of GI’s has deployed to far-off places and defend peo­ple they did not know. War has blood­ied them. Loss has tem­pered them. Great fam­i­lies have sus­tained them. 

Through it all, they have emerged the most resilient, com­bat-ready force I have seen in my four decades of ser­vice. And yet, they con­tin­ue to look to vet­er­ans past — their pre­de­ces­sors — for example. 

They know they stand on very broad shoulders. 

As we enjoy this spe­cial hol­i­day, I ask every Amer­i­can to join me in thank­ing those who have — for all of us — stood that treach­er­ous ground and borne that ter­ri­ble bur­den: our wound­ed and miss­ing war­riors, their fam­i­lies and the fam­i­lies of the fall­en. Please recom­mit your­selves to sup­port­ing them over there and when they come home. They have giv­en us so much, and we owe them so very much in return. 

To all our vet­er­ans — past and future — as well as your fam­i­lies, the Joint Chiefs and I salute you. We will always remem­ber your ser­vice and may Amer­i­ca always remem­ber its promise to you. 

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs) 

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