Veterans Day is an official federal holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is observed on November 11 and coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world as the anniversary of the end of World War I.
In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11th as Veterans Day and called upon Americans everywhere to rededicate themselves to the cause of peace. The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
On Veterans Day, America pauses to honor every service member who has ever worn one of our Nation's uniforms. Each time our country has come under attack, they have risen in her defense. Through the generations, their courage and sacrifice have allowed our Republic to flourish. On Veterans Day, our Nation acknowledges its profound debt of gratitude to the patriots who have kept it whole.
Veterans Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on what it truly means to make a commitment to public service. There is no higher calling than the one that our Nation’s veterans follow. Their service sends a powerful message and teaches us a valuable lesson. Not only have our veterans defended this nation’s ideals, but they also uphold this nation’s ideals as teachers of courage, self-sacrifice, commitment, perseverance, and teamwork. Their service sets an example for all of us to get involved in our communities, recommit ourselves to civic duties, and live our lives in the spirit of the American values they personify and defend each and every day.
Throughout history, there is probably no other group who has done more to shape our country’s past, present, and future. For their sacrifices, they ask nothing in return. We owe them our respect, our gratitude and our promise to do our very best in our calling to serve them by teaching, nurturing, and supporting their children’s educational journey.
To all of the veterans we serve, and to the veterans who serve as DoDEA educators, administrators, and school staff and support staff members, please accept my gratitude for your service to our country.