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Veterans Day Message from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 1996 – On November 11, our Nation pauses to pay special tribute to the veterans of our Armed Forces -- past and present. Since President Wilson proclaimed the first observance one year following the armistice that ended World War I, it has been an occasion of pride and remembrance in our Armed Forces.


The survival of our country has always depended on the willingness of Americans to defend the tradition and principles set down by Founding Fathers. Our freedom was not easily won, nor can it be maintained for us and for future generations without cost, commitment, and risk. As in times past, our Nation must call on the men and women in uniform for the same high standards of service that has been the trademark of its veterans: sacrifice, love of country, dedication, and achievement.


Even as we benefit from the sacrifices of veterans, we must recognize that the price of freedom is vigilance. We are living in an uncertain world with many threats to the safety of our troops and our Nation. During the past year, the men and women in uniform have been asked to respond to an unprecedented number of operations at home and around the world. Each time, these wonderful Americans have responded with professionalism and devotion.


The members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and I join all Americans in paying tribute to the tremendous legacy of our Nation's veterans. On this special Veterans Day, we remember you and we thank you.

Gen. John M. Shalikashvili, USA

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