On Saturday we honor American veterans for their bravery and devotion to the defense of our nation throughout history.

Nearly a century has passed since the signing of the Armistice Agreement that marked the end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.  

During the years and the wars that followed, Americans became well-acquainted with the true cost of freedom. We began to understand the full measure of the sacrifice of every individual who wore the uniform.  

As Americans, there is no more sacred duty than to commit one’s life in service to this nation. We are forever indebted and wholeheartedly express our gratitude to every American veteran.

Our Armed Forces have a long and storied history of protecting our freedom and preserving our way of life.  Their acts of valor, loyalty and sacrifice are recorded in the historic accounts of every war and conflict. It is important that we never forget their legacy because it is our legacy.

We honor them not only during Veterans Day, but also by our actions each day.  We each have a responsibility to preserve our legacy.  

We must continue to support our Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines as they fulfill their commitment to the nation.

We do this in many ways from providing quality on-post services to preparing Soldiers and their spouses for life after Army service.  We are able to provide career training and employment opportunities through support from our local, national and international partners.

For example, Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the American Job Center and Montgomery County, Tennessee were recently selected to receive the 2017 Army Community Partnership Award. This honor recognizes, among other things, approximately $1,000,000 in support of Fort Campbell’s veteran transition initiatives.

I am proud of the hard work that you do each day in support of the Army Family.

Together – Soldiers, civilians, Family members and community partners – our contributions strengthen the Army Profession.   From active duty to Reserve to National Guard, every individual who earns the title, “Soldier” becomes a lifetime member of the Army team.

We are honored to serve the finest men and women our nation has to offer; we are devoted to serving our veterans.

I encourage each or you to join us in observance of Veterans Day.  Plan to attend one of the local events, which are listed in the story on Page B1, or to do something special for a veteran you know.

On behalf of the entire Fort Campbell Garrison, I want to thank every veteran for their service and contribution to the way of life we enjoy today.