R 091300Z NOV 22
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. On behalf of all Marines, I express my profound appreciation to the brave Americans who have heeded the call to serve our Nation. Our observance of Veterans Day traces back to the end of World War I, and the establishment of Armistice Day on 11 November 1918. In 1954, American veterans pushed Congress to change "Armistice Day" to "Veterans Day" in an effort to acknowledge all veterans. In recognition of the first Veterans Day, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared “let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
2. Today we honor those Marines, Sailors, Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians, and Coast Guardsmen, who have served this nation in war and peace. Let us extend our heartfelt gratitude to them for their selflessness and recognize the sacrifices they have made as members of the United States Armed Forces.
3. This Veterans Day, let us take time to proudly remember all who have worn the uniform. It is my distinct and solemn honor to thank you for your service.
4. Semper Fidelis, David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//