2018 marks the Centennial Commemoration of the end of World War I on November 11, 1918.
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.
In November, we celebrate and honor individuals that stand behind our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen during Military Family Appreciation Month. Behind these brave service members, stand their spouses, children, parents, and other loved ones, who give up precious time, bearing the burden of long deployments and multiple moves. DoDEA recognizes the selfless dedication and commitment of military families directly contributes to the readiness of our nation. We contribute to this readiness by educating, engaging, and empowering military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.
We want to recognize our employees who answered our nation’s call to serve by recognizing them on Veteran’s Day, November 11th (celebrated on Nov 12th this year). Veteran’s 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.
To all our service members’ both past and present, thank you for serving and your continuing support of military-connected children. Your experience and your ability to relate to Military Families allows us to deliver a world-class education to every military-connected student, every day and everywhere.