Monday, November 12th, 2012
Over 90 years ago yesterday, at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, in the 11th month, World War I came to an end with the signing of the Armistice. The historical significance of that day is, of course, profound. But what yesterday and today - Veterans Day - marks a salute to those who have ever put on the uniform of our military - whether in war or in peace - and stood in the breach to defend our American way of life. Everyone from the Minutemen who fought for our independence, to the men and women currently serving our military abroad - we pause today to say "thank you." Thank you answering that call to service and assuming the risks and making immeasurable sacrifices on our behalf. What these brave soldiers, sailors, and airmen have given us is beyond our ability to repay.
Each November 11th, our words can never do justice to how much we appreciate what our service men and women - those who made it home, and those who did not - have given us. We stand together on this day and think of those who still walk among us, and remember those who only exist in our memories. We all know that the debt we owe our veterans can never be repaid, but that we still must try so that their sacrifices can live on in our hearts.
Peggy and I, our sons Burns and US Army Captain Leigh Kennedy, and all Americans salute you.