Message from the Director: Thanking America’s Veterans
November 10, 2010
Veterans Day is a time to honor all Americans who have fought for our country, to thank those who currently serve, and to think about the price we must pay for our freedom. Ever since our nation’s founding, our democracy has depended on the same essential quality: the willingness of patriots to risk their lives for something bigger than themselves. From Lexington and Concord to Omaha Beach and Kandahar, the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform have kept the American dream alive. Thanks to them, we enjoy the blessings and opportunities of a free society.
Along with our partners in the Armed Forces, our Agency shares the mission of defending our country. We provide the critical intelligence that shapes strategy, protects the troops, and targets the enemy. CIA officers are serving with their military colleagues in the field in greater numbers than ever before. They put their lives on the line and face many of the same hazards that confront our soldiers. Together, our officers and America’s warfighters have forged a common bond against the enemy. We at CIA are very proud of our support to the military.
On Veterans Day 2010, we will pause to remember the sacrifices of those who serve our nation. Their example inspires all of us to carry on the mission of protecting the American people. I extend my deepest gratitude to all of you who have ever served in the military, or who have the honor of working with our partners in uniform. I’ve seen that teamwork in action overseas, in some very dangerous places. All of us at CIA pay tribute to the courage, skill, and generous spirit of Americans who, like those patriots before them, are on the frontlines of the fight for our freedom and for a better world.
Leon E. Panetta