Since Sept. 11, 2001, almost three million Americans have answered our nation's call, and more than 1.3 million service men and women have since returned to our communities -- including the over 28,000 veterans who call the Quad-Cities home. They join the ranks of more than 22 million veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces.|
Following World War II, Nov. 11, previously known as "Armistice Day," became Veterans Day in order to thank and honor all America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Our service members, veterans and their families deserve to be applauded for their strength, devotion and service to our nation. It is our duty to maintain their trust and faith and always remind them through our support and actions that they are the strength of our nation.
To adequately honor our veterans and their families, America must continue to acknowledge their lasting legacy of strength and selfless service. Our military is committed to our veterans and providing them opportunities for employment, education and healthcare.
This Veterans Day -- more than pausing in silence to honor our nation's veterans -- let's demonstrate our support by looking for ways to reach out and help them. Don't just say "thank you" to our veterans, show it by hiring a veteran, or volunteering in the community, or supporting a local veteran's organization.
Together we can ensure our veterans have the opportunity to reach their highest potential!
First in Deed!
Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek,