Veterans Corner

National Veterans Day Ceremony

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.

When Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner” almost 200 years ago, he called America, “the land of
the free and the home of the brave.” Those words are as true today as they were then. Throughout this Nation’s
history, America’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coastguardsmen have bravely answered the call to defend
our freedom, to aid our friends and allies, and to turn back aggressors. We can never fully repay our debt
of gratitude to the more than 650,000 American servicemembers who died in battle or the 1.4 million who were
wounded. We can, however, recognize and thank the 25 million veterans still living today. These words are
inscribed on the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.: “Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered
the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met.” Those words apply equally to many of
our World War I, World War II, Vietnam War and Gulf War veterans as well. They apply to today’s active duty
servicemembers — tomorrow’s veterans — who are helping to maintain peace throughout the world. Today, it is
our privilege to say “thank you” to all of America’s veterans, to let them know that we appreciate them for their
service and honor them for their sacrifices. The price of freedom is high. We cannot afford to forget those
willing to pay it. Today, we celebrate America’s veteranns for keeping this Nation “the land of the free and
the home of the brave.”