Thursday, November 11, 2004

Honoring those who serve. Past, present & future

"On this day in history - November 11, 1921 - the remains of an unknown soldier were solemnly delivered to the Arlington National Cemetery, which overlooks our nation’s capital. His flag-draped body was carried aboard the same simple carriage that once carried the body of Abraham Lincoln. That fallen soldier - whose name is known only to God - had been killed while fighting for his country in the trenches of Western Europe. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, that soldier was finally laid to rest in his home soil.

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier serves as a reminder to all Americans that the price of freedom has never been cheap. Those interred beneath its granite stones are a reminder of the tremendous debt this nation owes its veterans.

Today, on Veterans Day, we pause to honor our veterans past, present and future – those who served, those who are serving and those who are preparing to serve the nation in the days ahead."