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Chairmans Veterans Day Message

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 1999 – To America’s Veterans on Veterans Day 1999:

Today, on the last Veterans Day of the 20th Century, America pauses to salute the brave men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States. Veterans Day was designated at the end of the First World War as an opportunity to offer “thanksgiving and prayer” with the goal of perpetuating “peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” Unfortunately, the sounds of battle have echoed again and again in this century.

Some people watch history unfold, but America’s Veterans have made history. Veterans defended the Republic against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and held firm the fabric of the Nation when times were tough, desperate, and deadly. Our Veterans faced the evils of war and answered the call to secure our freedom, maintain our national interests, and defend our sacred liberties.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff and I join every American in paying tribute to you, our Veterans, for all that you have done for our country. Your selfless service to the Nation made a difference for America and the world. Your dedication to duty preserved our precious legacy of freedom and democratic government. You were instrumental in making the United States the preeminent force in the world today. May God bless you, and may God bless America.

HENRY H. SHELTON

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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