Honoring Our Veterans
Washington, November 11, 2015
In November 1919, a year after the end of WWI, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 to be recognized as Armistice Day. Decades later, following WWII, the holiday would be renamed Veterans Day. In the proclamation, Wilson stated that across the nation, the reflections of Americans on this day would be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service.”
Since April 19, 1775 - when the first shots of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord - our American servicemen and women have demonstrated remarkable courage in forging and protecting our nation. Throughout our history, millions of Americans have answered the call to serve in our Armed Forces with steadfast dedication to the preservation of the freedoms and ideals that define this great country.
Countless brave men and women have sacrificed much in the name of liberty; left their families and friends, left the comforts of their homes, and put themselves into harm’s way.
Some have made the ultimate sacrifice - over a million Americans have lost their lives in defense of this country since its founding.
Today, there are roughly 20 million veterans across the country. Over 850,00 veterans hail from Ohio, with nearly 50,000 of them calling the Fifth Congressional District home. We owe all of them, and their families, an incredible debt.
Every Veterans Day, we take solemn pride in the heroism of those who have defended and protected this nation, celebrate their love of country, and their dedication to its preservation. On this day, we honor those in our families and our communities for their commitment, and extend our eternal gratitude for their service to America.