Director's Statement: Honoring Our Veterans
Statement to Employees by Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon E. Panetta on Honoring Our Veterans
November 10, 2009
Yesterday we commemorated the fall of the Berlin Wall, and tomorrow we mark the day on which the guns of World War I fell silent. Those two historic events — and the promise they held for people across the globe — were made possible in large measure by the sacrifices of the men and women of America’s military.
Each year, Veterans Day is an opportunity not only to honor and thank all who fought for freedom throughout our nation’s history, but to reaffirm our support for those who wear the uniform today. Our thoughts are especially with the victims of last week’s shooting at Fort Hood, as well as their colleagues, friends, and families.
The CIA helps defend the nation each day through its essential partnership with the military. Working shoulder to shoulder with troops in the war zones, we save lives and foster stability. Collaboration in many other areas ensures that we collect, analyze, and deliver to policymakers the information they must have to keep America safe.
On this Veterans Day, I extend my deepest thanks to those of you who serve — or have served — in the Armed Forces, as well as those who support and work with the military here at CIA. Your efforts and sacrifices make a real difference. Thanks to all of you, our country is stronger, and the world is a better place.
Leon E. Panetta