Veterans Day Message From the Executive Director
Aaron M. Phillips, Marine Corps Veteran
Executive Director, The Warrior Connection.
On November 11th,1918, Woodrow Wilson addressed the nation to express his gratitude to those who served, fought and were victorious during World War I. Armistice Day was born.
Now,100 years later, and although the name Armistice Day has been changed to Veterans Day, the traditions of gratitude for those who have served continues. Veteran's Day is a day of pride for all those that served our nation. It is a day of recognition of those willing to offer all that we have in defense of our country and the freedoms of those that are not able to defend themselves.
Our Veterans have unique stories and yet often, share similar experiences no matter the era or conflict in which they served. Although, all Veteran's have two things in common:
1) We took an oath to support and defend our constitution
2) Our oath had no expiration date
"Our debt to our heroic men and valiant women in service to our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices."
-President Harry S. Truman
Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day. Whether we served in an actual war, conflict, humanitarian mission, or in garrison, the fact remains, each Veteran was willing to stand up, answer the call to service, and swear our oath to defend the constitution.
Not everyone is called or able to answer the call to military service. That is what makes our veteran community unique, and that is what is to be celebrated on Veteran's Day.
To all those that have severed before me, served with me, served after me, and to those who continue serving today, we thank you and honor you.
With respect and gratitude to my brothers and sisters in arms, and the families who support them, Happy Veterans Day.
To my fellow Marines, Orahh, and Semper Fi!
-Aaron M. Phillips