In honor of Veterans Day, United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) released a statement recognizing “the many generations of brave Americans who have served our Nation in uniform.”
The statement said the following:
U.S. Special Operations Command Teammates,
This Veterans Day, we recognize the many generations of brave Americans who have served our Nation in uniform.
Selfless men and women have answered the call to serve throughout the Nation’s history. When our freedoms were challenged, they raised their hands. When our way of life was threatened, they stepped forward. Whether in peacetime or on the battlefield, generation after generation sacrificed to defend the Nation.
Our Special Operations community is immensely proud of the many veterans who continue to serve as civilians and contractors throughout our formations. Many others provide invaluable support to the force and families. Your dedication and commitment inspire us all.
Please join us in honoring this legacy of service. Let us also remember the teammates, friends, and family members we have lost and the Gold Star families left behind. We are grateful for those who have served. This is the land of the free because of the brave.
USSOCOM also shared a tribute to Operation Enduring Freedom and the battle of Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan.
“Several thousand Taliban surrendered during the battle for Mazar-e-Sharif, and on 10 November, it became the first major city liberated from Taliban control,” the statement read.
“The #UnconventionalWarfare campaign waged in Afghanistan following 9/11 was a success and a model for such warfare in the future,” it concluded.
On Nov. 11, 1919, then-President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918 Armistice that brought an end to the First World War.
A number of holidays grew out of the annual recognition of Armistice Day. Some countries still celebrate Armistice Day as the anniversary of the end of World War I. Among the United Kingdom and the nations in the British commonwealth, the day is celebrated as Remembrance Day to honor those who died in the line of military service. In the United States, Veterans Day is celebrated in recognition of all U.S. military veterans.