This Saturday, 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.
Today, we continue this long tradition, honoring those who have served in all branches of our military, both in peace and in war. This includes all those who have fought in the great wars
of our lifetime—World War II, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, the War on Terror. It also includes those still serving around the world, whether in our local communities or in in such volatile
locations as Afghanistan and Korea.
Many of you might be a veteran. If so, thank you for the sacrifices you made for our Nation. The number of Americans serving in the military has declined as our county has gone from the era
of the military draft to the All-Volunteer Force, but all of you probably know a veteran. Veterans form a tie that binds our American society. Most of us have a brother or sister, father, cousin,
friend or colleague who has served in the U.S. military.
On this Veterans Day, take some time to attend a parade or visit a national cemetery or veteran’s hospital. There is sure to be one in a community near you. Take the time to thank a veteran
for his or her service. You might be surprised at the impact of the simple words “Thank you for your service.”
Please join me this year in saluting all our Nation’s veterans and honoring their service. Their dedication and sacrifices have made our Nation the great democracy that it is today.
Paul E. Owen, P.E.
Colonel, US Army Corps of Engineers
Commander, Southwestern Division