On Nov. 11 every year, we pause to remember the sacrifices of all who have served or who are serving in the armed forces of our country. From one generation to the next, young men and women have willingly joined the ranks of America’s service components. Aware of their obligations as citizens of the greatest nation on earth, they answered its call. They served and are serving the United States of America with courage and commitment.
For more than two centuries, America’s best have preserved the liberty our forefathers earned by their willingness to fight for it, whatever the cost. It is fitting and proper to remember our veterans and the price they paid physically and emotionally to keep this country safe. Our armed forces have a long and proud history, filled with tradition and pivotal moments in service to our nation. They have stood firm against those who would deny basic human dignity to others.
We also need to remember the hundreds of thousands of men and women in uniform, and members of our own Delaware National Guard, who are proudly serving on active duty supporting overseas contingency operations—America’s sons and daughters who have selflessly made the decision to defend our right to live freely. Additionally, we recognize veterans and present-day military families who unconditionally support those who serve.
[On Nov. 11], as we should every day, we honor each of those who served so faithfully and honorably. Through their sacrifices, they have secured for millions of others the blessings of freedom, democracy and the unmatched opportunity that we enjoy in the United States of America today.
My wish for you is a safe and secure Veterans Day. God bless each of you and your families, God bless our armed forces, and God bless our United States of America.
Francis D. Vavala
The Adjutant General, Delaware