Coast Guard Commandants Veterans Day Message

Veterans Day is tomorrow and Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant of the U.S. Coast, sent out the following message. It reminds us that we should all take part in remembering the sacrifices that have been made by the citizens of this great country.

Veterans day is the national holiday when we honor and thank our veterans – past and present – for their service. It’s a day to honor our profession. Those of us not on watch have the choice to take Veterans Day off, however, we must always remember that we only have this choice because of our veterans heroic service. Many of them had no choice – they had to go to war.

Our nation owes its existence to the generations of Americans who have fought and died, and who continue to fight and die – or suffer physical and mental wounds – defending our freedoms. It is a debt that can not truly be paid. What we can do – what we must do – is to use this occasion to show our gratitude by honoring their service.

This is our chosen profession. This is who we are. This is what we do. It also makes us unique. Our nations all-volunteer 2.4 million active duty and reservists, in a country of over 300 million, represents less than 1 percent of the American population. Our chosen profession has become something that few other people choose to do. In honoring those who went before us, we reinforce to their families and loved ones the significance of their sacrifices, and the gratitude we as a nation have for their commitment to something larger than themselves.

I encourage those of you not standing the watch to attend a local Veterans Day ceremony or parade or find some other meaningful way to honor those who serve, remember those who have served, and to humbly say thank you.

I, along with Master Chief Leavitt and our wives, will visit Arlington National Cemetery to attend the national Veterans Day service at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, followed by a service at the Coast Guard War Memorial. We hope to see many of our shipmates in attendance – you are all welcome to join us.

For those of you standing watch, protecting our homeland, or supporting our sister services in the global war on terror, thank you. You exemplify the very best of what it means to be Coast Guardsmen, and I am proud to share in the privilege of defending our freedoms.

Thank you to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard – Past and Present – for your selfless service. Semper Paratus.

Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant

Have a wonderful Veterans Day and make sure you thank the veterans you come in contact with for their sacrifices.

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