General Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of our nation's most decorated citizens to ever wear the uniform of the United States. As our 34th president, Eisenhower left a lasting legacy by proclaiming November 11th as Veterans Day. Previously, Americans celebrated Armistice Day, which recalled the Allied Victory in World War I.
As part of his proclamation in 1954, Eisenhower noted that Veterans Day provides an opportunity for "a grateful Nation [to] pay appropriate homage to the veterans of all its wars who have contributed so much to the preservation of this Nation."
Indeed, Veterans Day allows us to "solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain."
In 2013, Americans continue to reflect on the sacrifices made by friends, neighbors, and family members in defense of our great country. I join with the people of North Missouri in extending my heartfelt thanks to all men and women who serve in our armed forces. It is with a debt of gratitude that I acknowledge the safety and freedoms we enjoy today are possible only because of our military.
As Americans, we have a duty to remember and care for all of those who served this country and carried the banner of freedom. I hope that you will join me in pausing to remember all of those that have served and sacrificed for this great country.