Veterans Day honors and recognizes all of America’s veterans – their patriotism, their love of country, and their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Veterans Day, as it began in 1919, was a day for parades, public meetings, and a brief suspension of business. Following WWII and the Korean War, Congress recognized Veterans Day as a day to honor and celebrate America’s veterans from all wars.

Whether they are wearing the uniform today or wore it decades ago, America’s veterans have never hesitated to answer a call to duty and defend the principles of freedom, justice, and liberty for all.

The true strength of America’s military has always been the spirit, valor, and resilience of the American veteran.

We must always remember to honor our veterans as President Jimmy Carter once said, “not only with special ceremonies… but also by committing ourselves anew to the task of ensuring that the freedoms they helped to preserve and the nation they fought to defend will be safe and secure for future generations.”

The Georgia Department of Veterans Service honors our veterans today and every day. We connect veterans with the essential benefits they have earned during their time in service, but we also help connect veterans to each other and their local communities.

Through Unite Georgia, a new referral platform, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service will now be able to help veterans find social care and resources close to home through a robust network of community partners. Our goal is to blanket the state with connections to resources and provide veterans in Georgia with a rich landscape of opportunity.

Today, it is our privilege to say “thank you” to our veterans, to let them know we are grateful and acknowledge their sacrifices and accomplishments.

You served us dutifully and faithfully. Now it is our turn to serve you.

May God bless our veterans, our current active-duty service members, their families, and the United States of America.

Patricia Ross
Commissioner, Georgia Department of Veterans Service