From Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki
Since that winter, American patriots in an unbroken line have found themselves on duty during the holiday season each year. Our freedom and security as a nation has required it. So as Americans and their families gather to celebrate these holidays, let us remember the men and women, who sacrifice so much for our privileges, comforts and well-being. They are away from their own families, standing watch for us on freedom’s distant frontiers.
We salute their valor, past and present, and we pray for them and our Veterans, who have so selflessly given us the gifts we enjoy this holiday season, as we have every season since 1775.