"I’ll have you know that a soldier is the most holy of all humans because he is the most tested — most tested of all."
John Steinbeck, East of Eden
"You are the veterans of America, the most trusted among us, and the most tested of all Americans. Collectively, you represent generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coastguardsmen who have served and sacrificed for all of us. You are not only the heart and soul, but you are the very spine of this nation. And as a nation, we pause today to thank more than 23 million surviving veterans who so bravely and faithfully protected our freedom. You gave and they gave, and you deserve our thanks.
We stand here today committed to show our respect, to honor and to recognize our responsibility to care for all our veterans, and for those who continue in harm’s way as I speak to you today."
then Vice-President Joe Biden, November 11, 2014, Arlington National Cemetery
Today is a day that the world remembers and honors those who serve their countries.
Armistice Day. Remembrance Day. Veterans Day.
The world remembers and celebrates the end of what was supposed to be the war to end all wars. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Oh, were that true.
As Americans, we remember and honor those who serve and sacrifice for our country. Who sacrifice for our freedoms as the wars rage ever on.
Thank you. We owe you more than we can say. May we never forget.