"The events of September 11, 2001 and the possibility of war with Iraq are on the minds of many this Veterans Day weekend. As we fly our flags to honor the dedicated men and women who fought to defend our nation, we also think of those now serving our country in the military.
"Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, a celebration of the end of the 'War to end all Wars' in 1918. More than 80 years later, civilization is still striving for an end to all conflicts. Our brave countrymen and women who now serve around the globe continue the tradition of heroism established by the veterans who preceded them. As we observe this Veterans Day, I urge all citizens to reflect on the greatness of America. Those who risked their lives for our country and our freedoms and those who carry on the duty today have earned our admiration, respect and appreciation."