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11 November 2010- Veteran's Day

(also Armistice Day)

"To care for him who shall borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan" Abraham Lincoln


President Barack Obama Veteran's Day Speech

Good morning,

Each fall, Americans take time to honor the brave men and women in uniform who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our nation and the ideals on which it was founded.

Today, I met with service members in Yongsan Garrison in South Korea, and I told them that honoring their service isn’t just about the memorial services we attend on Veterans Day or Memorial Day -- it’s about how we treat our Veterans every day of the year.
Our men and women in uniform and their families have sacrificed so much, and all Americans owe them a debt of gratitude for their service. It is our moral obligation to care for our service members, Veterans and military families as they have cared for us.

As Commander in Chief, this is a commitment I take very seriously. That’s why my Administration is building a 21st-century Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that our Veterans have every opportunity to live happy, productive and healthy lives once they step out of uniform:

  • Through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we are helping nearly 400,000 Veterans and family members pursue higher education.
  • We have dramatically increased funding for Veterans health care across the board and are directing unprecedented resources to treat the wounds of today’s wars -- traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The VA is working to streamline the claims process by creating a single electronic record that our troops and Veterans can keep for life and hiring thousands of claims processors to finally break the back of the backlog of claims.
  • Today, there are 18 percent fewer homeless Veterans on our streets than there were when I took office, and we won’t rest until all our Veterans have a place to call home.

I encourage all Americans to take time to thank the Veterans, service members and military families in your lives and recognize their extraordinary service to our country.

To all of our men and women in uniform, our Veterans and our military families: We honor your service, we are grateful for your sacrifice, and we will not let you down.

Sincerely,

President Barack Obama


President Woodrow Wilson's Speech on the Armistice 17 November 1918 ( given on Thanksgiving)

It has long been our custom to turn in the autumn of the year in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God for His many blessings and mercies to us as a nation.

This year we have special and moving cause to be grateful and to rejoice.  God has in His good pleasure given us peace.  It has not come as a mere cessation of arms, a relief from the strain and tragedy of war.  It has come as a great triumph of Right.

Complete victory has brought us, not peace alone, but the confident promise of a new day as well, in which justice shall replace force and jealous intrigue among the nations.

Our gallant armies have participated in a triumph which is not marred or stained by any purpose of selfish aggression.  In a righteous cause they have won immortal glory and have nobly served their nation in serving mankind.  God has indeed been gracious.

We have cause for such rejoicing as revives and strengthens in us all the best traditions of our national history.  A new day shines about us, in which our hearts take new courage and look forward with new hope to new and greater duties.

While we render thanks for these things, let us not forget to seek the Divine guidance in the performance of those duties, and Divine mercy and forgiveness for all errors of act or purpose, and pray that in all that we do we shall strengthen the ties of friendship and mutual respect upon which we must assist to build the new structure of peace and goodwill among the nations.

Source: Source Records of the Great War, Vol. VI, ed. Charles F. Horne, National Alumni 1923



                                                             glynn braman

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