Veterans Day

  • Published
  • By Gen. "Hawk" Carlisle
  • Pacific Air Forces Commander
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks a monumental time in the history of mankind. On that day, November 11, 1918, an armistice went into effect between the Allied Forces and Germany, effectively marking an end of hostilities in the First World War.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, 1919, as the first commemoration of Armistice Day by stating, "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory..."

In 1938, Armistice Day became a federal holiday giving all Americans the opportunity to honor veterans of WWI and to perpetuate world peace.

Though the day was founded to honor veterans of World War I, more than 400,000 American Service members soon gave their lives in World War II. And, following the war in Korea, veteran's organizations urged the 83rd Congress to replace the word "Armistice" with the word "Veterans." With this change, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars, past and present.

This Veterans Day, I ask all Airmen and their families to take a moment and remember those who have served in our nation's wars and keep those who continue to serve in your thoughts. Our service members stand continuous watch, safeguarding this nation, often paying the highest price in defense of freedom. We cannot honor them enough.

Maintaining peace and stability requires commitment, dedication, and discipline. Our Pacific Airmen are separated from family and friends by thousands of miles of ocean, and yet, execute their mission superbly. During the past year, our Airmen have conducted a wide range of operations, from flood relief to strategic deployments. They have provided humanitarian assistance to numerous partners and allies throughout the Pacific region, and they've taken care of fellow Americans when called upon.

I could not be more proud of the dedication and personal sacrifice PACAF Airmen exhibit each and every day, and I am proud to be able to stand beside you this Veterans Day as a fellow Pacific Airman and American veteran.