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November 08, 2023 - 00:00

In America, Veterans Day is the day in which we reflect and honor the sacrifice, service, and dedication of the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. November 11 is a time to appreciate and honor all who served in the military— whether serving here at home or overseas.

This day serves as a reminder of the true meaning of the phrase, service before self. To commit to service in the military is to pledge oneself to a cause greater than an individual. To serve is to set aside one’s personal motivations for the betterment of all.

Veterans Day originates from Armistice Day, World War I, Nov. 11, 1918. From those who fought to create our great nation, to those who are currently deployed, we owe a permanent debt of gratitude.

The Lone Star State is home to more veterans than any other state. The Texas Veterans Commission is here to ensure veterans receive the benefits they have earned and connect with services and resources they may need.

May we always remember veterans’ selflessness, commitment to duty, and service to all Americans. Showing appreciation can be as simple as saying thank you for your service.

Laura Koerner Texas Veterans Commission Chairwoman and U.S. Navy Veteran