Veterans, A Legacy of Service Print
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Written by Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek   
Friday, 11 November 2011 13:04
The Quad Cities is home to approximately twenty-eight thousand military veterans, many who continue to serve as part of the Rock Island Arsenal workforce.

Our veterans are owed a debt that simply cannot be repaid. Our nation depends on the willingness of its finest men and women to step forward and to serve, that dedicate themselves to the greater cause of protecting our democracy.

Following World War II, November 11, previously known as “Armistice Day”, became Veterans Day in order to remember those who served as members of the armed forces with honor and distinction.

As First Army Commander, I have had the privilege of serving with thousands of veterans, outstanding Soldiers and their incredibly dedicated families. For the better part of a decade they have endured multiple tours – protecting us from danger. Our most recent group of veterans, continue to honor the legacy of those that have served before them.

It’s never easy to console your children when your wife or husband is deployed. Military families do this every day, and today, as we remember and recognize our veterans, we recognize their families who stood beside our veterans and served and sacrificed in their own “combat zones”.

This Veterans Day, take a few moments to honor our veterans and show your appreciation for their sacrifices. Our veterans fought for and defended our freedoms, and we need to continue to thank them for their service.

First In Deed!

Lt. Gen. Mick Bednarek
First Army Commander
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