Veterans Day, in 2005 was created as a permanent extension of Veterans Awareness Week, which was first held in that same year.
America’s war veterans who answered the call to help protect our nation’s ideals, rescued millions from tyranny and helped to spread freedom around the globe. Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard have earned the right to be honored on this day.
We also remember and honor the loyalty, dedication and valor of those who selflessly laid down their lives for our benefit.
During this week, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake calls on Americans to recognize the nation’s 23.4 million living veterans and the generations before them who fought to protect our freedom.