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Message from Assistant Secretary Kathy Greenlee on Veterans Day 2010

I join President Obama in saluting our nation’s veterans.

On November 11, Americans will pause to honor the courage and sacrifices of our nation’s veterans. This annual tribute goes to the more than 23 million current American veterans and the countless millions more who have given the supreme sacrifice of their lives throughout the history of our country.

These valiant men and women have acted on their pledge of loyalty to our nation by serving in our armed forces at home and abroad defending the freedoms we hold so dear. Some have endured extraordinary challenges, separation from their loved ones, and some carry physical and emotional scars. All have given so much to keep us safe and secure.

We honor the efforts of all who serve including the more than 2 million of those representing the “Greatest Generation” who served in World War II who are still alive today but whose numbers are decreasing. We pay tribute to those veterans in the Administration on Aging and throughout our national aging network as well as those who work to support veterans in their homes and communities each and every day.

On Veterans Day, as families honor their loved ones in public ceremonies and personal moments of reflection across our land, let us join in thanking our veterans for their service to America.

Read President Obama’s proclamation on Veterans’ Day.