|Deep Gratitude For Our Veterans
November 11, 2016
World War I officially ended on Nov 11, 1918, ninety-eight years ago to the day. Its conclusion was known as Armistice Day, and World War I was, at the time, called “the war to end all wars.”
Sadly, however, we now know this was not so. The last century has continually been marked by conflict after conflict, and even today, we face global challenges to peace and prosperity in many forms extending from isolated terrorists, state-sponsored cyber attacks, and oppressive dictators who hold nuclear weapons.
In spite of the challenges we face, in the United States we have more freedoms and more opportunities than any other country in the world. And we enjoy these freedoms because of the sacrifices of our veterans.
In 1938, Congress officially made November 11 a national holiday, which has evolved to honor all of the men and women who have served in our armed services.
Today, as North Dakotans spend time with family, please thank the veterans you know for their service in honor of our country.
We must always remember, "Freedom is not free.”
Due to the service and the sacrifice of the brave members of our armed services, the United States remains a beacon of freedom and opportunity to the entire world.
To our veterans and the current members of the armed services, including our very own North Dakota Army National Guard and North Dakota Air National Guard, we extend our gratitude for your service and your sacrifice. You are the modern day pillars on which the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution stand.