Washington, DC, USA: This morning, November 11th, President Donald Trump commemorated Veterans Day and thanked our “great veterans.”
America marked Veterans Day today, November 11th, a tradition – celebrating Veterans and military families – born from the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. It is a day when all Americans honor the brave men and women who have defended our nation and preserved our way of life. They are America’s best.
On Veterans Day, the nation honors our Veterans and their unique role safeguarding our freedom as a people. America’s 16th President, Abraham Lincoln envisioned the honoring of our war dead, in what later became Memorial Day, and caring for the living of those who engaged our enemies on the battlefield on what today is Veterans Day. That promise includes both the Veteran who walked a post, stood on the deck of a great ship, or flew in the skies, and the families who provided them so much support.
President Trump released a special Veterans Day video message on Saturday, thanking the “millions and millions” of veterans who have defended America in wars past.
In the video posted to Trump’s Twitter, the president thanks veterans and their families for their service.
“On this wonderful Veterans Day, I want to express the incredible gratitude of the entire American Nation to the millions and millions of veterans that bravely defended our nation in uniform, and the strong families whose unwavering love and support allowed you to answer the call of duty,” Trump said.
“We applaud your service, salute your sacrifice,” Trump continued, “and pay tribute to your profound patriotism and love of our country.”
In the video, Trump said that America’s service members are the country’s “best role models” for “our youngest citizens.”
“America’s veterans are this country’s greatest national treasure,” Trump said. “There’s nothing close. You are the best role models for our youngest citizens, and you are a constant reminder of all that is decent, good and brave.”
Trump called on lawmakers to support veterans over the holiday weekend, saying that it was America’s turn to serve veterans.
“Just as you fulfilled your duty to America, now America must fulfill our duty to all of you,” Trump said. “We must ensure that our veterans are getting the care and support they so richly deserve.”
Trump’s recorded video remarks come as the president wraps up a 12-day Asia trip, his longest foreign trip so far as president.
President Donald Trump recently signed a proclamation designating the entire month of November as National Veterans and Military Families Month, following which the Veterans Administration, VA, expanded the tradition of Veterans Day and extended the observance for the whole month of November – building on the significance of Veterans Day and better showing appreciation to brave men and women who charged into harm’s way without reservation.
There are more than 21 million military veterans in the country, according to a 2016 report from the Department of Veterans Affairs. About 2 million of those are women. This year marks the 64th Observance Of Veterans Day
Here are some Veteran’s Day celebratory massages on Twitter:
John McCain Verified account @SenJohnMcCain: “It’s a privilege beyond measure to live in a country served so well by selfless patriots. God bless our veterans & protect them #VeteransDay”
The Joint Staff Verified account @thejointstaff :This #VeteransDay, we honor all those who elected to serve a cause greater than themselves. RT this to #HonorThem.
USO Verified account : Today, we honor all the men and women who have served our country. Thank you for your courage, commitment and sacrifice. #VeteransDay.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III Verified account @RepJoeKennedy : To the generations of brave men & women who have risked life and limb to defend our nation, a grateful country thanks you today and every day. #VeteransDay
Franklin Graham Verified account @Franklin_Graham :On #VeteransDay we want to recognize all who have served in our nation’s military. We owe them a deep debt of gratitude for their willingness to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.
Stephanie McMahon Verified account @StephMcMahon : “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” -Arthur Ashe Thank you to all of those who serve & have served. You are our heroes. #VeteransDay #WWEHero
Dr. David J. Shulkin Verified account @SecShulkin : Honored to be with some many #Veterans and their families at the National #VereransDay Breakfast. @POTUS @realDonaldTrump delivered a special message to our nations heroes recognizing their service and sacrifice to our country. #HonoringVets.
Dr. David J. Shulkin is the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. he also posted a statement: On behalf of @DeptVetAffairs, I’d like to wish all those who have answered the call to service a happy #VereransDay, we are eternally grateful for your service and proud of all you have done. #HonoringVets
Veterans Affairs Verified account @DeptVetAffairs :Color guard marches across the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. #VeteransDay
Also commemorated on November 11th, Armistice Day – equivalent to USA Veterans day – falls each year on 11 November to mark the day in 1918 when the fighting in World War One was stopped.
The Allies and Germany signed an armistice in a railway carriage in the Forest of Compiegne in France at 05:00. Six hours later, at 11:00, the conflict ceased.
King George V announced that a two-minute silence would be observed in 1919, four days before the first anniversary of Armistice Day. The silence continues to be observed every year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
Armistice Day is a national holiday in France and Belgium. French president Emmanuel Macron today laid a wreath in front of the statue of Georges Clemenceau – the prime minister of France during World War One.
Australians have observed a minute’s silence to remember their war dead.
The country’s Sydney Opera House was lit up with red poppies.
Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull joined his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, in Vietnam – where the Apec summit is taking place – to attend a service of remembrance.
“We remember every ANZAC serviceman and woman who has made the supreme sacrifice to keep our two countries free,” he said.
Events have been held around the UK to mark Armistice Day, the 99th anniversary of the end of World War One.
And the Queen and other members of the Royal Family are taking part in a Royal Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Prime Minister Theresa May, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge are among those at the event, run by the British Legion and featuring performances from Emeli Sande, Tom Odell, Melanie C, Alfie Boe and the Band of HM Royal Marines.
On Sunday, Prince Charles will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on his mother’s behalf.