Department of Defense Education Activity

Veterans Day


Veterans Day Message from Mr. Thomas M. Brady, Director of DoDEA

th_Thomas_BradyIn November, we celebrate and honor those who stand alongside our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen during Military Family Appreciation Month. Next to our brave service members stand their spouses, children, parents, and other loved ones, who give up precious time, sharing the burden of long deployments and multiple moves. DoDEA recognizes that the selfless dedication and commitment of military families directly contributes to the readiness of our nation. We at DoDEA have the privilege of contributing to this readiness by educating, engaging, and empowering military-connected students to succeed in a dynamic world.

It is also a time when we celebrate employees who answered our nation’s call to serve by recognizing them on Veterans Day, November 11. To all our veterans, whose commitment to military families continues on, thank you for your service. Your experience, and your ability to relate to the challenges faced by military families, enables DoDEA to deliver a world-class education to military-connected children.

Please join us as we honor military families and veterans across our nation. We will continue to strive for excellence in education for every military-connected student, every day, everywhere.

Thomas M. Brady
DoDEA Director

Veterans Day

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.