Obama: ‘Strengthen Bond Between Nation, Warriors’

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 — In pro­claim­ing tomorrow’s Vet­er­ans Day hol­i­day, Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma expressed hope that the obser­vance would strength­en the bond between the Amer­i­can peo­ple and the men and women who defend them.

Here is the text of the president’s procla­ma­tion:

On Vet­er­ans Day, we come togeth­er to pay trib­ute to the men and women who have worn the uni­form of the Unit­ed States Armed Forces. Amer­i­cans across this land com­mem­o­rate the patri­ots who have risked their lives to pre­serve the lib­er­ty of our Nation, the fam­i­lies who sup­port them, and the heroes no longer with us.

It is not our weapons or our tech­nol­o­gy that make us the most advanced mil­i­tary in the world; it is the unpar­al­leled spir­it, skill, and devo­tion of our troops. As we hon­or our vet­er­ans with cer­e­monies on this day, let our actions strength­en the bond between a Nation and her war­riors.

In an unbro­ken line of val­or stretch­ing across more than two cen­turies, our vet­er­ans have charged into harm’s way, some­times mak­ing the ulti­mate sac­ri­fice, to pro­tect the free­doms that have blessed Amer­i­ca. Whether Active Duty, Reserve, or Nation­al Guard, they are our Nation’s finest cit­i­zens, and they have shown the heights to which Amer­i­cans can rise when asked and inspired to do so.

Our coura­geous troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the globe have earned their place along­side pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of great Amer­i­cans, serv­ing self­less­ly, tour after tour, in con­flicts span­ning near­ly a decade.

Long after leav­ing the uni­form behind, many vet­er­ans con­tin­ue to serve our coun­try as pub­lic ser­vants and men­tors, par­ents and com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers. They have added proud chap­ters to the sto­ry of Amer­i­ca, not only on the bat­tle­field, but also in com­mu­ni­ties from coast to coast. They have built and shaped our Nation, and it is our solemn promise to sup­port our Sol­diers, Sailors, Air­men, Marines, and Coast Guards­men as they return to their homes and fam­i­lies.

America’s sons and daugh­ters have not watched over her shores or her cit­i­zens for pub­lic recog­ni­tion, fan­fare, or parades. They have pre­served our way of life with unwa­ver­ing patri­o­tism and qui­et courage, and ours is a debt of hon­or to care for them and their fam­i­lies. These oblig­a­tions do not end after their time of ser­vice, and we must ful­fill our sacred trust to care for our vet­er­ans after they retire their uni­forms.

As a grate­ful Nation, we are hum­bled by the sac­ri­fices ren­dered by our ser­vice­mem­bers and their fam­i­lies out of the deep­est sense of ser­vice and love of coun­try. On Vet­er­ans Day, let us remem­ber our solemn oblig­a­tions to our vet­er­ans, and recom­mit to uphold­ing the endur­ing prin­ci­ples that our coun­try lives for, and that our fel­low cit­i­zens have fought and died for.

With respect for and in recog­ni­tion of the con­tri­bu­tions our ser­vice men and women have made to the cause of peace and free­dom around the world, the Con­gress has pro­vid­ed (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that Novem­ber 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal pub­lic hol­i­day to hon­or our Nation’s vet­er­ans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, Pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca, do here­by pro­claim Novem­ber 11, 2010, as Vet­er­ans Day. I encour­age all Amer­i­cans to rec­og­nize the val­or and sac­ri­fice of our vet­er­ans through appro­pri­ate pub­lic cer­e­monies and pri­vate prayers. I call upon Fed­er­al, State, and local offi­cials to dis­play the flag of the Unit­ed States and to par­tic­i­pate in patri­ot­ic activ­i­ties in their com­mu­ni­ties. I call on all Amer­i­cans, includ­ing civic and fra­ter­nal orga­ni­za­tions, places of wor­ship, schools, and com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port this day with com­mem­o­ra­tive expres­sions and pro­grams.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have here­un­to set my hand this fifth day of Novem­ber, in the year of our Lord two thou­sand ten, and of the Inde­pen­dence of the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca the two hun­dred and thir­ty-fifth. (Signed)

Barack Oba­ma

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

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