Veterans Day is an opportunity for all Americans to come together to celebrate our veterans’ strength and resilience; to help those veterans who need it; to honor them by creating new opportunities after their service; and to support them so they can continue making a profound difference in the world. Our veterans deserve our lasting gratitude and respect not just today but throughout the year. Without their service and sacrifice we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the extraordinary freedoms we as Americans cherish.

Veterans Day is not for veterans alone – it is a day for all Americans to celebrate and be a part of. Together, as a nation, we can work to ensure that we fulfill our promise to provide our veterans with the support and appreciation they deserve. Their legacy surrounds all Americans each day through the freedoms they guarantee us — in our public meeting places, the places we pray and play, and in the places we cast our lines or votes.

Today, and every day, we invite you to join us as we honor the millions of living Veterans and recognize their great achievements. Please take a moment today to thank a veteran and to remember those who are no longer with us.