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Shipmates,

Often times when someone observes the uniform or knows that we served, they will come up and thank us for our service.

Veterans Day is when the Nation pauses to honor those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States and say to them, “Thank You for Your Service.”

This simple statement is not merely a show of gratitude, but a strengthening of the bond between veterans and the American people whom we serve. When I hear someone thank me for serving, I respond that I’ll pass it on to the men and women of the Coast Guard, Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force—and their families.

This Veterans Day, we will gather with the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, other Service members and our families at the Coast Guard World War Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) to honor our veterans. It is a wonderful memorial that was built after World War I and serves as an important monument to Coast Guard veterans and our rich history and heritage. However, decades of weather and exposure have deteriorated its condition and appearance; but those elements have not diminished by any measure our commitment to properly honor our Coast Guard veterans. This Veterans Day, I commit the Coast Guard to renew and preserve the Coast Guard World War Memorial at ANC. We will honor Coast Guard veterans and our Service by restoring the Coast Guard World War Memorial to its proper condition, ensuring it remains a worthy tribute and enduring inspiration for all Americans.

Thank you to the women and men of the United States Coast Guard and veterans from all U.S. Armed Services for your selfless service and continuing contributions to safeguard our Nation.

The text of my Veterans Day remarks at the Coast Guard World War Memorial will be posted at: http://www.uscg.mil/seniorleadership/speeches.asp

Semper Paratus,

Admiral Bob Papp
Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard

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