SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. honored California’s veterans for their service, sacrifice and commitment today, on Veterans Day, in a YouTube video and proclamation.
Governor Brown’s video message, uploaded to YouTube, is available here. In the message, the Governor calls on Californians to not only honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the U.S. armed forces, but to also recognize the challenges veterans face when they return home.
“So on this Veterans Day, let’s remember the sacrifice, but let us also rededicate ourselves to making sure our veterans have the education, the health and the jobs that they – like other Americans – richly deserve,” Brown said in the video message.
Earlier this year, the Governor issued an Executive Order establishing the California Interagency Council on Veterans to improve how veterans’ services are coordinated across local, state and federal government.
California is home to more than 2 million veterans.
The Governor’s proclamation accompanying the video message is copied below:
Veterans Day began as Armistice Day, a holiday commemorating the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. All too soon, it became clear that this had not been the “War to End All Wars” some optimists claimed. After a second global conflict that dwarfed the first in its magnitude of destruction, countries around the world began changing their observance to encompass all conflicts and honor those who served. Our own Veterans Day was established as a national holiday by Congressional resolution and Presidential proclamation in 1954.
Today, over 2 million veterans live in California. Among them are men and women who served in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and our current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as various smaller engagements and peacetime deployments. As we remember these brave Americans today, we should consider not only their valor and suffering in the service of our country, but also the challenges they face upon returning home. Our veterans suffer from high rates of disability, poverty, unemployment, and homelessness. We cannot glibly claim to honor our heroes while leaving them to suffer from social and economic ills. For this reason, earlier this year I issued Executive Order B-9-11, calling for the formation of an Interagency Council on Veterans to coordinate the efforts of state agencies assisting veterans in their transition to civilian life.
This Veterans Day is especially poignant, as we await the imminent return of our troops in Iraq. Let us welcome them, as we welcome all returning veterans, with open arms, and, as President Eisenhower wrote in his 1954 proclamation, “Let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts will not have been in vain.”
NOW THEREFORE I, EDMUND G. BROWN JR., Governor of the State of California, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2011, as “Veterans Day.”
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of California to be affixed this 8th day of November 2011.
EDMUND G. BROWN JR.
Governor of California
Secretary of State