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While everyone who is a citizen of the United States should honor veterans on a daily basis, we traditionally set aside November 11 as the day to honor all veterans of the Armed Forces. We would like to extend a thank you on behalf of all citizens to those who have proudly served in war or peace time. We especially thank those who are currently on active duty at home or abroad.
From the battlefields at Concord and Lexington to the hills at Gettysburg, men and women served our country attempting to gain freedom not only for themselves but for their fellow-man. Across the seas, servicemen and servicewomen boarded boats and shipped off to fight in foreign lands and repel dictators in cities such as Verdun and Paris to Normandy and Iwo Jima. Proud Americans fought and died in the fields in Korea and the jungles of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Granada, Beirut and the sands of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq have seen the footprint of an American soldier defending freedom and oppression from tyranny.
Not only by land but by seas and air have great Americans served our country in times of war and peace. We gratefully acknowledge all those who have served and particularly those who have given their lives to this great country. Remember that November 11 is more than a day with no mail or government operations. It’s a time to say thank you.