"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."
-President Woodrow Wilson
Today we pay tribute to the men and women who have fought for our freedom; today we recall with pride the efforts of those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Veterans Day, originally celebrated as Armistice Day in 1919, is celebrated on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. In years since, Congress amended the act to include all veterans.
Here in Marshalltown, we are humbled and honored with the presence of many heroes - hundreds who reside at the Iowa Veterans Home, others who serve with the Iowa Army National Guard Readiness Center and approximately 50 Marshalltown area men and women currently deployed in Afghanistan.
We call on all Americans to thank veterans and let them know that their sacrifices are appreciated. Today is about honoring our heroes.
We remember with great respect, our soldiers who have experienced warfare and especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
It is because of our veterans that we live in such an extraordinary country.
Today we thank, honor and remember.
Thank them in person, remember them in prayer - and never forget our heroes.