U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day (renamed to Veterans Day in 1954) for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said,
“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn 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.”
When the cannons of World War One were silenced, we thought we had fought the “war to end all wars,” but as history proved, we still needed our Soldiers. On 11 November, our Nation comes together to honor our Veterans
and commemorate the legacy of profound service and sacrifice they have endured to ensure the freedoms we all enjoy today. We celebrate the strength, courage and dedication of our Veterans whose steadfast defense of
America’s principles have ensured our country stands strong. We offer our sincere appreciation and respect to our Veterans, to their Families, and to those who are still in harm’s way.
Let us take this moment to rededicate ourselves to serving them as well as they have served the United States of America. Our men and women in uniform are bearers of a proud military tradition that has been dutifully passed
from generation to generation. In times of war and peace alike, our Veterans have served with courage and distinction in the face of tremendous adversity, demonstrating an unfaltering commitment to America and our
people. To honor their contributions to our Nation, let us strive with renewed determination to keep the promises we have made to all who have answered, and continue to answer, our nation’s call.
CSM Whitcomb and I thank each and every one of you for your commitment and outstanding service to our Warriors, Families and the Joint Force. Your tireless efforts mark every day as AP Hill’s commitment to providing the
service and support our great Warriors in uniform deserve.
Take care of each other and have a safe and great Veterans Day. To support your planning efforts and facilitate your safe movement to observe this holiday period, I authorize early departure, up to 59-minutes, on Friday, 9 November
2012 for the Fort AP Hill Staff and Workforce. Director Heads will execute all necessary administrative actions to support this IAW higher policy and regulations as well as ensuring all mission requirements are satisfied prior
to release. Directors report status for execution to DGC NLT 1200 on 9 NOV 2012.
Thank you again for your selfless service to our great Nation. Enjoy this long weekend, but remember to always play it safe.
Peter E. Dargle
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander