Veterans Day: Walking in the Shadows of Great Airmen

Gen. Robert H.

***image1***At 1100 on the 11th day of the 11th month, a combined color guard
representing all military services executes “Present Arms” at the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C.  As a bugler plays
“Taps,” a presidential wreath is laid as a tribute to our military
veterans, those who have committed their lives to defend our great

Our Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines have served and fought on
many fronts in many theaters.  I have incredible respect and
greatly admire all of our veterans.  The freedoms we enjoy today
are a result of the sacrifices and dedication to duty made by our
comrades in uniform.  America’s veterans, past and present, have
answered our nation’s call for generations.

Although the Air Force is still a relatively young military service,
throughout our history we have proven we’re the world’s most respected,
all-purpose expeditionary air and space force.  We continue to
build on the legacy created by our veterans.

World-class U.S. Air Forces in Europe members continue to promote an
enduring peace in the U.S. European Command and other areas of
responsibility.  We represent the best of America and are poised
to respond to our nations call at any time.  

I urge you to set aside time on 11 Nov to honor our veterans’ service
and dedication. It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I am thankful
daily for their commitment and service.  And to the great men and
women of USAFE, thanks for continuing the legacy of excellence through
your readiness, responsiveness, and commitment to service for our
nation and the ideals America represents globally.