the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, major
hostilities in World War 1 ended with the signing of the Armistice.
Whether you call it Veterans Day, Remembrance Day, or Armistice Day, please turn your thoughts to the men and women of the armed forces who have defended our freedoms.
Thank you to all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and members of the US Coast Guard for their service and sacrifice. May you all be safe today, and in all the tomorrows of your service. And if you must make the ultimate sacrifice, may you go to your rest with the humble thanks of a grateful nation and her citizens.
This I also send to the men and women of all other nations who defend freedom and justice around the world.