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Veterans Day 2011 Message from Mayor Vincent C. Gray


Veterans Day is a day to honor veterans of our armed services for their love of country, patriotism and willingness to serve in the military and sacrifice for our country. Along with all the residents of the District of Columbia, I want to thank our military personnel who have proudly served under the flag of the United States – including District residents who serve under that flag in faraway lands, but come home to incomplete democracy in our own nation’s capital.

Veterans Day is a great time to visit our city’s many monuments and memorials. Many of them – as well as other venues around our region – host special events in honor of America’s veterans. I encourage all to to take time to recognize and pay homage to those who have sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice, for their country.

In 1926, Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the
anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving.
Congress also requested that the president "issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”

On this Veterans Day, we honor our military members, who sacrifice abroad and at home for our freedom and that of others. 

Vincent C. Gray