Veterans Day 2016
More than 28,000 veterans serve throughout the Department of Justice. That’s a little over one quarter of the department’s workforce. In the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, more than 25 employees have served in the armed forces.
Veteran's Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. In 1938, Armistice Day became a federal holiday, giving all Americans the opportunity to honor veterans of WWI.
Veterans Day continues to be observed on November 11, regardless of what day of the week on which it falls. This not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
During this Veteran's Day, we pause to remember the service and sacrifice of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who have answered the call to protect our nation wherever and whenever needed, during peacetime and war.
We join Attorney General Loretta Lynch in saying, “Thank you for your courage and commitment and thank you for the inspiring service you provide to the department and to our nation.”