United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day Remarks

Veterans Day Remarks
President Gerald R. Ford
October 24, 1975


President Gerald R. Ford placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, October 27, 1975. The president did not deliver remarks at the cemetery.

On October 24, 1975, President Ford recorded the following Veterans Day message in the Cabinet Room at the White House for later use on radio and television.

On this Veterans Day, we pay special and appropriate tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for their country -- those who served in the armed services of the United States. We salute them for their part in the preservation of freedom and honor them for their courage and devotion to Country.

I ask all Americans to pause today in tribute to the priceless contribution of all veterans and, in particular, those who gave their lives so this Nation might live.

I urge your private and public expression of gratitude for the heritage of liberty and freedom which they have secured for all Americans.