RICHMOND, VA – On this Veterans Day, we pause to honor the profound sacrifice and unwavering dedication of our veterans and military families across the United States. DPVA Veterans and Military Families Caucus Chair, Charley Conrad, issued the following statement:
“November 11 holds a special significance, marking the ‘eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ in 1918 when World War I came to an end, later designated as Armistice Day. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially renamed it Veterans Day to encompass all who have served.
In Virginia, a state with a rich history of service, we acknowledge the remarkable commitment of our veterans who not only defended our nation but have also continued their service as candidates. Democratic veterans, in particular, have demonstrated a commendable willingness to serve, campaigning tirelessly across our great state.
As we reflect on this day, we take pride in our Democratic veterans who now hold elected positions and those who aspire to serve in the future. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for their continued dedication to our country and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Every veteran and military family member has a unique story, a narrative shaped by their experiences and sacrifices. Today, let us take a moment to connect with these individuals. Ask a veteran or a military family member to share their military story—each tale is a testament to resilience, courage, and the indomitable spirit that defines our armed forces.
Thank you to all veterans for your service, and to the Democratic veterans who inspire us with their commitment to a better future. Your stories are a vital part of our nation's history, and we honor you on this Veterans’ Day.”