Throughout our history, America has been protected by those who cherish liberty and those willing to lay down their lives for her – the American Veteran.
The legacy of America’s Veterans began in 1775 when 13 colonies took up arms in defense of a new nation born from the shared beliefs in freedom, liberty and justice for all. These patriots came from all walks of life, but the dreams of liberty and self-government forged a bond stronger than any steel and a will to persevere over any odds.
Through World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Iraq, Afghanistan and the many other actions around the globe, America’s resolve has been tested repeatedly. Each time, brave Americans have shouldered the responsibility and lived up to the highest standards of duty and honor while answering the Nation’s call.
Today’s generation of men and women are fighting for freedom and defeating those who threaten our way of life, with the same honor and dignity of those who came before them – honoring a tradition of service that has no equal.
America’s Veterans have ensured that the United States remains what our founders meant her to be: a beacon of freedom – spreading liberty and justice to the darkest corners of the earth.
Here’s how agencies are honoring America’s Veterans around the federal government and the nation:
A grief-stricken American infantryman, whose buddy has been killed in action, is comforted by another soldier. In the background, a corpsman methodically fills out casualty tags, Haktong-ni area, South Korea. Aug. 28, 1950.
A Navy jet flies cover for Service members on the ground in Vietnam.