“We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause (Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States).”

These words of President Ronald Reagan inspire us to consider our nation’s veterans on this day dedicated to them.  More than just a federal holiday, Veterans Day gives the citizens of the United States of America an opportunity to pause and remember our fellow citizens whose bravery and courage in the Armed Forces have kept us safe and free, wherever they have served in times of war or in times of peace.
Our nation has formally honored its military veterans since 1919. This year, as we commemorate those brave women and men in every generation who have served our country, heeding the call, when necessary, to place themselves in harm’s way for the cause of peace, let us offer our grateful prayers on this Veterans Day that their sacrifice and service may never have been or ever will be in vain.  
May true and lasting peace always be our goal, together, as one nation under God.  And to our veterans on this, their day, we say, “Thank you for your service.”