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SWD Veterans Day 2016

By Brig. Gen. David C. Hill

This Friday, November 11th, we observe Veterans Day.  For almost a century, since the signing of the Armistice ending World War I, Americans have marked this day to remember and thank our military Veterans.

On Friday, we continue this long tradition, which in our lifetime includes those of World War II’s “Greatest Generation,” as well as veterans of the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and more recently, Iraq and Afghanistan.   The day honors these and more–all those who have served in all branches of our military, both in war and in peace.

Some of you might be a veteran. All of you probably know a veteran, because veterans form a common thread that connects us as a nation.  Most of us have a brother or sister, father, cousin, or friend who has served in the U.S. military.  We have co-workers or fellow members of churches or civic organizations who served.

I also want to highlight our nation’s Wounded Warriors—those who answered the call to serve and have paid such a high price with their war injuries.  These Wounded Warriors are extraordinary people and a true testament to the strength of the human spirit.  I ask that you thank them for their service to our nation and support them at any opportunity.

On this Veterans Day, take some time to attend a parade or visit a national cemetery or veteran’s hospital.  This is all part of our great national heritage. As I travel around the country or attend events in my U.S.  Army uniform, people often stop me and say “Thank you for your service.”  This much appreciated effort on the part of ordinary citizens means so much to me.

This Veterans Day, I ask you to do the same to those veterans in your life.  Take a moment to say “thank you for your service.”

Essayons!

 

David C. Hill
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Commander, Southwestern Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

USACE Day use fees for service members waived on Veterans Day

DALLAS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,800 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11.

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The waiver covers fees for boat launch ramps and swimming beaches. The waiver does not apply to camping and camping-related services, or fees for specialized facilities such as group picnic shelters. Other agencies that manage recreation areas on USACE lands are encouraged, but not required, to offer the waiver in the areas that they manage.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,800 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced today that it will waive day use fees for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families at the more than 2,800 USACE-operated recreation areas nationwide on Veterans Day, November 11.

“We began this initiative in 2006 to support and honor the men and women who have served the nation and the armed forces,” said Maj. Gen. Ed Jackson, USACE Deputy Commanding General for Civil and Emergency Operations. “This Veterans Day we invite our veterans, active and reserve service members, and their families to visit one of the thousands of USACE recreation sites throughout the country and enjoy their favorite outdoor activities, free of day use charges.”

USACE is one of the nation’s federal leaders in providing outdoor and water-based recreation hosting millions of visits annually to its more than 400 lake and river projects. It’s estimated that 90 percent of the USACE-operated recreation areas are within 50 miles of metropolitan areas offering diverse outdoor activities for all ages close to home. To discover a USACE recreation site nearest you, please visit www.corpslakes.us.