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A Veterans Day message

I Corps Commanding General

Published: 02:59PM November 9th, 2017

America’s First Corps was activated nearly a century ago to deploy, fight and win as part of the American Expeditionary Forces in the first world war. From the Marne to the Meuse-Argonne, our Soldiers fought with courage.

On Saturday, Veteran’s Day, we recognize the service and sacrifice of very veteran.

On this day, we pay tribute and are eternally grateful for the strength, sacrifice and commitment of our veterans. For 242 years, the American Soldier has stood ready to defend our scared dream, outlined in the Constitution, that a government of the people, by the people, and for the people will not perish.

We have no given right to our continued security — the American Soldier holds the line so that our nation’s democracy may continue to flourish.

From the tired and worn patriots of the Continental Army at Saratoga to those brave souls who attacked at Saint-Mihiel, the American Soldier fought to preserve our freedom. From those who achieved first victory at Chipyong-ni to the men and women currently serving in the Middle Easy, the American Soldier fights for our allies around the world.

We appreciate your sacrifice, and we honor your service with our continued commitment to readiness.

We maintain this commitment to our nation by increasing our lethality in training, strengthening our partnerships abroad and preserving peace around the world. Our division and brigades are accomplishing this every day, forward deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and conducting humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations in Puerto Rico.

Today, as in 1918, American’s First Corps remains ready to deploy, fight and win — decisively.

Command Sergeant Major Walter Tagalicud and I are immensely proud to serve with you as part of the greatest team on earth. We wish you a happy and safe Veterans Day and ask that you keep our Soldiers currently serving abroad in your thoughts and prayers.

God bless you, God Bless American’s First Corps, and God Bless America.