In 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month, the world celebrated. After four years of bitter war, an armistice was signed. The "war to end all wars" was finally over. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11, as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, which in 1954 became Veterans Day -- a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
As the Nation celebrates Veterans Day, we offer our sincere appreciation to members of the military -- past and present -- and their families. The courage and commitment of these Americans are an inspiration to all.
With over 42 million men and women who have served in our armed forces, chances are you know someone who has served. Our NNSA family has always included many dedicated men and women in uniform, and we appreciate their contributions to our mission.
As you take this day off work on Friday, please join me in saluting our military members. Take a moment to remember the contributions they have made to our safety and way of life, and the sacrifices they continue to make for all of us on a daily basis. Our veterans deserve our gratitude, and we look forward to the day when those serving abroad will return home safely.