It is an honor to be given an opportunity to say thank you to the veterans and active duty service members that protect and defend our great nation.
Veterans Day is dedicated to American veterans of all wars. In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, an armistice was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated in many countries as Armistice Day the following year, November 11th became a federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally known as Veterans Day.
On this special day, as Americans celebrate our veterans’ service, sacrifice and commitment, we gratefully acknowledge that our very freedom is owed to these brave men and women.
I know that each of us feels a sense of pride in our country and in the soldiers that protect her. We all have a spirit of patriotism and love of our country. We all feel humbled by the very meaning of this day. As we celebrate Veterans Day 2017, let us all come together to say, “thank you” to all who serve or have served in defense of our great nation. Let us endeavor to commit to saying, “thank you” not just on this day, but all throughout the year.
May God continue to bless the United States of America and its veterans serving throughout the world to defend her.
Congressman Francis Rooney, FL-19
Congressman Francis Rooney will be the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day celebration at Veterans Community Park on November 11th, scheduled for 11 AM. “Welcome Home to Korean War-era Veterans” will be the theme of the celebration.