President Dwight D.Eisenhower, 1953:  “It is fitting and proper that we devote one day each year to paying special tribute to those whose constancy and courage constitute one of the bulwarks guarding the freedom of this nation and the peace of the free world.”


The Honorable Melvin Laird, 1972 Former Secretary of Defense:  “At home and abroad, military men and women are showing purpose and dedication in defending American ideas. They are performing in our country’s best traditions under circumstances both difficult and complex. Thanks to their determined spirit of patriotism and professionalism, our country has a powerful and unified defense team, employing its forces in the constant quest for peace and freedom.”

May God bless our men and women who  continue to serve in our armed forces. 
With sincere gratitude, I thank you for keeping us safe here at home.