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A Message From The Webmaster

I could never let a Veterans Day pass without taking the opportunity to extend a personal message to each DESA veteran.  I am honored to serve as your webmaster and and priviledged to know you.

Your sacrifice, courage and dedication to duty is remembered every day, but especially today.  You served our country in a time of turmoil and crisis and because of you I live in freedom.

President Franklin Roosevelt described you as the "pride of our Nation," who struggled to preserve our civilization. "Pride of our Nation" and "The Greatest Generation" are descriptions that could never be mistaken as describing anyone but you.

You set a standard for Naval service that is unmatched and continues to be an inspiration to the men and women who wear the blue uniform today.  You can probably never fully realize your tremendous impact and the level of respect felt for you. 

May you remember today your shipmates and how, together, you freed and brought peace to other nations. 

I ask for God's blessings upon each of you and wish for you a very happy Veterans Day.


"Before You Go"

Watch a special video tribute to our aging veterans.  Dedicated to veterans of WWII and the Korean War who helped to preserve that victory.  And, a long overdue thank you to veterans of the Vietnam War.

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National Veterans Day Events

The Veterans Day National Ceremony will be held on November 11th at 11:00 a.m. EST at Arlington National Cemetery.  This is the national Veterans day service with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The ceremony takes place inside the Memorial Amphitheater.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial
November 11, 2009, 1 p.m. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Dr. NW, Washington, DC. Color guard, speakers and a wreath-laying ceremony.

Vietnam Women's Memorial
November 11, 2009, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m. Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive, NW Washington, DC. Vietnam-era veterans and the children of veterans tell stories "in their own voices" about their experiences.

World War II Memorial
November 11, 2009, 8 a.m. 17th Street, between Constitution and Independence Avenues, NW Washington, DC.  Wreath laying ceremony.

Korean War Memorial
Please check the website for scheduled events

Navy Memorial
November 11, 2009. 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC. 12:00 Noon - Book Signing and Q&A with David Sears, author of At War With The Wind. In the last days of World War II, a new and unknown weapon terrorized the United States Navy sailors in the Pacific Ocean - kamikaze. 1 p.m.- Naval District Washington Commemorative Wreathlaying, 1:30p.m. - Screening of "Pappy Boyington Field," followed by Q&A with director Kevin Gonzalez. During World War II, Major Gregory "Pappy" Boyington led a squadron of Marine Corps fighter pilots known as the legendary "Black Sheep" of VMF-214. The movie details the controversial campaign Veterans groups initiated to add his name to an Idaho airport near his hometown for his courageous leadership.

Patriotic Tunes

Listen To Sounds and Music

Navy Hymn (midi format)
Morning Colors (wav format
  Evening Colors (wav format)
Reveille (wav format)

The National Anthem I (midi format)
  The National Anthem II (wav format)
Archors Aweigh I (wav format)
Anchors Aweigh II (midi format)
God Bless America (midi format)
Stars and Stripes Forever (midi format)
Patriotic Medley (midi format)
Liberty Bell March (midi format)
America The Beautiful (midi format)
  God Bless The U.S.A (wav format)
 Lee Greenwood

For the best in patriotic music, visit this website

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 30, 2009

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We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America. From the Minutemen who stood watch over Lexington and Concord to the service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, American veterans deserve our deepest appreciation and respect. Our Nation's servicemen and women are our best and brightest, enlisting in times of peace and war, serving with honor under the most difficult circumstances, and making sacrifices that many of us cannot begin to imagine. Today, we reflect upon the invaluable contributions of our country's veterans and reaffirm our commitment to provide them and their families with the essential support they were promised and have earned.

Caring for our veterans is more than a way of thanking them for their service. It is an obligation to our fellow citizens who have risked their lives to defend our freedom. This selflessness binds our fates with theirs, and recognizing those who were willing to give their last full measure of devotion for us is a debt of honor for every American.

We also pay tribute to all who have worn the uniform and continue to serve their country as civilians. Many veterans act as coaches, teachers, and mentors in their communities, selflessly volunteering their time and expertise. They visit schools to tell our Nation's students of their experiences and help counsel our troops returning from the theater of war. These men and women possess an unwavering belief in the idea of America: no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who your parents are, this is a place where anything is possible. Our veterans continue to stand up for those timeless American ideals of liberty, self-determination, and equal opportunity.

On Veterans Day, we honor the heroes we have lost, and we rededicate ourselves to the next generation of veterans by supporting our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen as they return home from duty. Our grateful Nation must keep our solemn promises to these brave men and women and their families. They have given their unwavering devotion to the American people, and we must keep our covenant with them.

With respect for and in recognition of the contributions our servicemen and women have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103(a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor our Nation's veterans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2009, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fourth.


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