Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veterans Day Message Message by Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta,

Washington, DC, Thursday, November 10, 2011

"Honoring our Nation's Veterans"

Veterans Day is the day the American people set aside for honoring
those, past and present, who've served our nation in uniform.

Since our nation's founding, American service members have stepped
forward to safeguard liberty for future generations.And during the ten
years since 9/11, another generation has answered this call to fight
and sacrifice on foreign soil.They have done all that was asked of
them and more.And as a result, on this Veterans Day, we are closer to
prevailing in today's fights.

In Iraq, we are ending our combat presence this year, and Iraqis are
now prepared to govern and defend their own country, which will act as
a force for stability in a vital region of the world. In Afghanistan,
our men and women are turning back an insurgency and building up
Afghan security forces to prevent that country from ever again serving
as a sanctuary for al Qaeda or its affiliates to threaten our
homeland. In Libya, our forces supported a NATO operation that
protected the Libyan people from a brutal dictator, who will never
again be able to threaten his citizens or undermine international
security. And on terrorism, we have significantly weakened Al Qaeda
and its allies, decimated their leadership, and kept American safer.

This progress would not be possible without the service and sacrifice
of our men and women in uniform, and also of the families who love and
support them.I'm delighted that President Obama designated November as
Military Family Month, encouraging Americans to do more to recognize
and support these great patriots.

This country owes a profound debt to all Veterans, and military
families. In these tough economic times, we're especially cognizant of
our service members transitioning to civilian life, as well as our
military spouses. And we must give them the best possible tools to
succeed in professional pursuits.This week, I had the opportunity to
meet with business leaders and press them to do just that so that we
ensure our Veterans will continue to positively impact our country's
future prosperity.

For serving our nation with such bravery and distinction, our Veterans
and current service members deserve our country's profound gratitude
not just on Veteran's Day, but every day.

Thank you, and may God bless all Americans serving around the world in uniform.

Sean P Eagan

Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans
Life Member Veterans of Foreign Wars
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