President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush each delivered their own Veterans Day message to the men and women of the U.S. military and their families.
Obama's Veterans Day Message
“We salute that Greatest Generation who freed a continent from fascism and fought across Pacific Islands to preserve our way of life,” Obama said. “We pay tribute to Americans who defended the people of South Korea, soldiered through the brutal battles of Vietnam, stood up to a tyrant in Desert Storm, and stopped ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. And we celebrate our newest heroes from the 9/11 generation."
"We'll have your backs, just like you had ours," he added. "So, this Veterans Day and every day, let's make sure all our veterans know how much we appreciate them."
Watch Obama’s Veterans Day message, uploaded on Nov. 8, below:
George W. Bush's Veterans Day Message
Former President Bush also delivered a heartfelt message to military veterans on Tuesday.
“This veterans day, Laura and I join our fellow Americans in saluting all the brave men and women who have served in the United States armed forces,” Bush said. “The service of America’s veterans does not end when they leave the battlefield. Veterans continue to serve our nation when they return home.”
“We can never fully repay the debt we owe to the men and women who wear the uniform, but it is our duty to try,” he said.
Bush also discussed the Bush Institute’s Military Service Initaitve, which is intended to “help Americans understand how they can support our veterans and empower them to succeed.”
“So, to all our veterans, Laura and I offer our heartfelt thanks. May God bless you, and may God continue to bless this great land,” the former president concluded.
Watch Bush’s message here: