Veterans Day: Walking in the shadows of great Airmen

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  • By Gen. Robert H. "Doc" Foglesong
  • USAFE commander
At 1100 on the 11th day of the 11th month, a combined color guard representing all military services executes “Present Arms" at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. As a bugler plays “Taps,” a presidential wreath is laid as a tribute to our military veterans, those who have committed their lives to defend our great nation.

Our Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines have served and fought on many fronts in many theaters. I have incredible respect and greatly admire all of our veterans. The freedoms we enjoy today are a result of the sacrifices and dedication to duty made by our comrades in uniform. America’s veterans, past and present, have answered our nation’s call for generations.

Although the Air Force is still a relatively young military service, throughout our history we have proven we’re the world’s most respected, all-purpose expeditionary air and space force. We continue to build on the legacy created by our veterans.

World-class U.S. Air Forces in Europe members continue to promote an enduring peace in the U.S. European Command and other areas of responsibility. We represent the best of America and are poised to respond to our nations call at any time.

I urge you to set aside time on 11 November to honor our veterans’ service and dedication. It is with a deep sense of gratitude that I am thankful daily for their commitment and service. And to the great men and women of USAFE, thanks for continuing the legacy of excellence through your readiness, responsiveness, and commitment to service for our nation and the ideals America represents globally.