Veterans Day bears a special meaning here at Walter Reed Bethesda, the Nationís Medical Center. Here we proudly serve our Nationís heroes, many who are veterans, healing from both visible and invisible wounds, daily harnessing that fighting spirit that will enable them to rebuild and to continue on with their lives.
I cannot begin to tell you how much we appreciate you answering freedomís call, both at home and abroad. Your unyielding sacrifice has enabled boys and girls, women and men to enjoy their inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
As we observe Veteranís Day, we cannot forget that on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, in the 11th month of 1918, fighting and hostility ceased between the Allied nations and Germany, bringing to an end World War I, then called ďthe war to end all wars.Ē
Following that great day, we again found ourselves as a nation called upon to offer up even greater forces of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Airmen. Armistice Day was changed in 1938 to what we now know as Veteranís Day to honor American veterans.
Veteranís Day honors Americans involved in all wars, but please know we also greatly appreciate and honor the sacrifices of family and loved ones, who year after year provide unwavering support to the men and women of our great military.
Today, as troops are coming home from our conflicts in the Middle East and we remain committed to conducting medical research that enables us to discover ways to enhance the quality of life of our veterans and beneficiaries, we at the Nationís Medical Center will continue to honor our veterans on Veteranís Day and every day - For we are free because you were brave.
Rear Adm. Alton L. Stocks
Walter Reed National
Military Medical Center