Sacramento, CA — On this Veterans Day, Governor Jerry Brown is thanking the men and women that have served in uniform.
The Governor has released the following proclamation:
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, a holiday commemorating the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. All too soon, it became clear that this had not been the “War to End All Wars” some optimists claimed. After a second global conflict that dwarfed the first in its magnitude of destruction, countries around the world began changing their observance to encompass all conflicts and honor those who served. Our own Veterans Day was established as a national holiday by Congressional resolution and Presidential proclamation in 1954.
Today, over 2 million veterans live in California. Among them are men and women who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as various smaller engagements and peacetime deployments. As we remember these brave Americans today, we should consider not only their valor and suffering in the service of our country, but also the challenges they face upon returning home. Our veterans suffer from high rates of disability, poverty, unemployment, and homelessness. We cannot glibly claim to honor our heroes while leaving them to suffer from social and economic ills. For this reason, earlier this year I issued Executive Order B-9-11, calling for the formation of an Interagency Council on Veterans to coordinate the efforts of state agencies assisting veterans in their transition to civilian life.
This Veterans Day is especially poignant, as we await the imminent return of our troops in Iraq. Let us welcome them, as we welcome all returning veterans, with open arms, and, as President Eisenhower wrote in his 1954 proclamation, “Let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts will not have been in vain.”
NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2011, as “Veterans Day.”
The Governor has also released a Veterans Day Message that can be viewed by clicking on the box in the upper left hand corner.