This Sunday, Nov. 11, we once again honor our nation’s veterans for their service defending our country. As a nation, this is the day we acknowledge these individuals who put service before self on a daily basis, protecting the American way of life.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. “The Great War,” as it was known, introduced military aviation and changed combat forever. More than 4 million men and women served in uniform in this war, which shaped the social, military and political fabric of the 20th century.
Following World War II and the Korean War, Congress approved legislation in 1954 to honor veterans of all wars on Nov. 11. On this day, I ask that we all take time to reflect on the personal sacrifices veterans have made, and continue making, for our nation. We owe them an immeasurable debt for their time in service, and on this day, we seek to honor them accordingly. The great freedom and opportunities we enjoy in our nation are a result of the significant contributions of veterans.
On this day, I also want to recognize and acknowledge all my fellow veterans who dutifully continue their public service as proud members of the Forest Service. We are fortunate to be able to count on their experiences and leadership as we deliver our mission to serve the public across our nation. I am truly honored to serve beside these veterans that have chosen to continue serving the American people as part of our great organization.
To all of our Forest Service veterans and their families, thank you for all you have done, and all you continue to do for our country.
I encourage all employees as well to join me in thanking our veterans and their families while remembering them this Sunday and every day. I hope everyone has a safe, wonderful weekend.