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Veterans Day 2001
Message From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Photo:  Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Veterans Day 2001
Message From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

This Veterans Day is an especially solemn occasion as we pay tribute to not only those who served,
who fought, and who died for this great Nation in wars past, but also to the new veterans of the
ongoing war against terrorism.

Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen from both the active and reserve
components all have a vital role defending the homeland as well as rooting out terrorists at home and
abroad. This first war of the 21st century is unlike any of the wars fought in the 20th century, but our
goals in this conflict are consistent with what we have fought for throughout our history. We seek to
defend America against all forms of threat and tyranny. And we will win -- decisively -- so that future
generations may enjoy peace and prosperity without the fear of terrorist attacks on American soil.

As we pursue victory, it is fitting to pause and reflect on the great sacrifices made by our
predecessors. Today marks the 80th anniversary of the first interment of one of our fallen comrades,
"an American soldier known but to God," in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National
Cemetery. It remains our duty to ensure that his sacrifice and the sacrifice of all Americans who have
offered up their lives in the cause of freedom and liberty, to include those who perished on Sept. 11,
2001, were not given in vain.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff and I join our countrymen in paying homage to you, our veterans, for all that
you have done and continue to do in the service of your country. You and those who came before
you vanquished determined foes, liberated oppressed peoples, and secured our cherished freedoms.
You have made a positive difference for America and the rest of the world. Our young men and
women who serve today continue to build upon that just and honorable tradition.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff