In a proclamation on the occasion of the holiday, President Biden said that every veteran should receive well-deserved care and support.
On Thursday, Veterans Day is celebrated in the United States – a holiday dedicated to people who served in the armed forces of the country.
Festive ceremonies and parades will be held throughout the country.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Soldier, a historical monument erected in memory of American servicemen whose remains have not been found or identified.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Grave of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.
The day was declared a national holiday in 1926. Then it was known as Armistice Day, established in memory of the surrender of Germany in the First World War on November 11, 1918.
Congress changed the name of the holiday to Veterans Day in 1954, and now it is dedicated to all veterans of the U.S. armed forces, not just those who participated in wars.
In contrast, Memorial Day, celebrated in May, is established in memory of those who died in military service.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are about 18 million veterans in the United States.
President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on the occasion of Veterans Day, which is celebrated annually on November 11.
“For generations, millions of Americans have responded to the call to serve their country, taking a sacred oath to protect and preserve the ideals of freedom and democracy of our country,” the president recalled.
“On Veterans Day, we honor their service, dedication, and valor, and are eternally grateful for their sacrifices,” the head of the White House stressed.
“Our country,” Biden continued, “has only one truly sacred duty: to properly prepare and equip our military personnel when we send them to dangerous places, and to take care of them and their families when they return home. For our 19 million veterans, this means providing access to support and resources for a secure future full of opportunity and dignity. This is especially important in the context of the ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The President stressed his desire to ensure that every veteran receives well-deserved care and support and noted in this regard that the recently adopted infrastructure investment package will create millions of jobs for veterans, and the social spending program he is promoting puts special emphasis on improving the healthcare system for veterans.
“On Veterans Day, we honor the veterans of our country who have done so much to protect our freedoms and the freedom of other people around the world. They represent the highest ideals of our country. Although we will never be able to fully repay the debt to these heroes, we will honor their service and provide them with well-deserved care and support,” the head of the White House concluded.