Veterans Day 2018

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Veterans Day

This weekend we celebrate and recognize our nation’s veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and on the observed federal holiday on Monday, Nov. 12.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 20 million veterans living among us, in every state and territory of our nation, and hailing from every walk of life. Our veterans, men and women who have or are serving in America’s Armed Forces, can take great pride in their military service and proudly claim the title veteran.

On this day of celebration, we honor all of America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. Veterans Day this year also marks the Centennial Commemoration of the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918. While the name of this day of remembrance has changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day, its fundamental purpose remains fixed: to honor those having served in the military.

Whether you wear the uniform today, or wore it decades ago, veterans represent a fundamental truth. It’s not the powerful weapons that make our military the greatest in the world. The true strength of our military is the spirit and skill of our people.

This weekend, and every day, it is our privilege to say “thank you” to all of America’s veterans, for your quiet courage and exemplary service—and let you know we are grateful and acknowledge your many sacrifices and accomplishments.

The Veterans Day Moment of Silence at 2:11 p.m. (EST) on Nov. 11, provides an opportunity for all Americans to observe two minutes of silence to recognize those who have served our nation in uniform.

God bless all of our veterans and God bless the United States of America.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command



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