Bill Thompson

Originally known as Armistice Day, Veteran's day became a national holiday after battlefields in Europe enacted the ceasefire that ended World War I. Other holidays recognize active service members or those who gave their lives in battle, this Veteran’s day, we honor those who returned to civilian life after taking off the uniform. Veteran’s Day is a day of reflection for me, reflection on the sacrifices of our service men and women. I am deeply humbled and proud to have had the privilege of serving in combat zones alongside Americans from every walk of life and I am also deeply thankful to those who continue to serve.

Today I hope you will take time to thank a veteran for the sacrifices they have made to help preserve this precious American experiment. Speak with your family about the sacrifice these heroes made to make this amazing place possible, and finally, look around and resolve to make this wonderful country a little better on your own.

To our veterans, living and gone, the state of the union is still strong and we thank you for it. Through your blood and toil you put everything on the line to preserve it. We will not take it for granted.

I hope you all have a peaceful Veteran’s day at home in this great nation where the system you have safeguarded continues to provide the endless possibilities that all Americans revere and cherish.