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Veterans Day, 2011
(November 11, 2011)
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Today, our Nation comes together to honor our veterans and commemorate the legacy
of profound service and sacrifice they have upheld in pursuit of a more perfect Union.
Through their steadfast defense of America's ideals, our service members have ensured
our country still stands strong, our founding principles still shine, and nations around the
world know the blessings of freedom. As we offer our sincere appreciation and respect to
our veterans, to their families, to those who are still in harm's way, and to those we have
laid to rest, let us rededicate ourselves to serving them as well as they have served the
United States of America.
Our men and women in uniform are bearers of a proud military tradition that has been
dutifully passed forward-from generation to generation-for more than two centuries.
In times of war and peace alike, our veterans have served with courage and distinction in
the face of tremendous adversity, demonstrating an unfaltering commitment to America
and our people. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the country they loved.
The selflessness of our service members is unmatched, and they remind us that there are
few things more fundamentally American than doing our utmost to make a difference in
the lives of others.
Just as our veterans stood watch on freedom's frontier, so have they safeguarded the prosperity of our Nation in our neighborhoods, our businesses, and our homes. As teachers
and engineers, doctors and parents, these patriots have made contributions to civilian life
that serve as a testament to their dedication to the welfare of our country. We owe them
a debt of honor, and it is our moral obligation to ensure they receive our support for as
long as they live as proud veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This year, as our
troops in Iraq complete their mission, we will honor them and all who serve by working
tirelessly to give them the care, the benefits, and the opportunities they have earned.
On Veterans Day, we pay tribute to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families. To
honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep
the promises we have made to all who have answered our country's call. As we fulfill
our obligations to them, we keep faith with the patriots who have risked their lives to
preserve our Union, and with the ideals of service and sacrifice upon which our Republic
With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our service members have made
to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C.
6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor
our Nation's veterans.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America,
do hereby proclaim November 11, 2011, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to
recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies
and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the
United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all
Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and
communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of November, in
the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of the Independence of the United States
of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
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