published Friday, November 11th, 2011

Praise to America's service members on Veterans Day

On this Veterans Day, as we honor those who have patriotically served our nation, we are proud to publish this proclamation by President Barack Obama:

“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 was founded.

“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.

“Barack Obama”

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conservative said...

Phew! What a stench of hypocrisy! The most anti-American, Antichrist, anti-military ( OK, a tie with Clinton) anti-family values President ever to occupy the White House, writes the opposite. Who believes him? He would have choking fits if he had to read this in public.

November 11, 2011 at 7:40 a.m.
Livn4life said...

I thought it was already considered Veteran's Day(wink). I guess he HAS to say it's Veteran's Day Before it's REALLY Veteran's Day. What a guy we have up there in Washington town!

November 11, 2011 at 9:55 a.m.
carlB said...

conservative and Livn4life, hope you both enjoy this wonderful United States of America and this Republic that we live! It is the people as you, who are apparently wanting to destroy this Republic by causing it to fail because you do not like President Obama being elected. Do not expect me and many others to agree with your unnecessary and unwarranted criticizisms of President Obama.

November 11, 2011 at 2:48 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

Pretender soldier boy/cowboy wannabe, ex-prez Bush, is on record as stating that he was FOR the Vietnam War. It is also on record that he pulled strings to get into the National Guard, thus avoiding the dirty work of fighting in it. It is on record, as well, that he was AWOL much of the time from his NG duties. He didn't even serve honorably in the National Guard.

Passions still run deep about the Vietnam War and it remains a very divisive factor among those of us who lived through those troubled times. People took principled stands on both sides of the issue, either for or against it. But there is nothing more unprincipled and cowardly than not taking a stand one way or the other, or saying that you are FOR something but then running away from it, like Bush did.

Obama has his faults and you Obama haters can say what you will about him, but that “stench” you claim to be smelling from the White House is what still lingers from that coward and hypocrite Bush. No one has ever stunk it up as bad as he did

November 11, 2011 at 5:27 p.m.
carlB said...

Reply to Rickaroo; Rickaroo, glad you brought up the unforgotten past, but When Bush and his Neo-Cons selected to "lie" their way into the selected invasion of Iraq, misusing the "Voluntary military" to satisfy their political and ideological agendas while continuing to falsify the reasons for the selected invasion. Then when the fighting was still going on nine years after Bush's famous fly-in speech. This took a lot of gall and there never was any apology.

November 11, 2011 at 7:42 p.m.
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