Proclamation 5534 -- Veterans Day, 1986
the President of the
Veterans Day gives all Americans a special opportunity to pay tribute to all those men and women who, throughout our history, have left their homes and loved ones to serve their country.
willingness to give freely and unselfishly of themselves, even their lives, in
defense of our democratic principles has given our great country the security
we enjoy today. From
On this special day, our hearts and thoughts turn to all the Nation's veterans. Let us reflect on the great achievements of those whose sacrifices preserved our freedom and our way of life. With a spirit of pride and gratitude, let us recall their heroic accomplishments and thank them for their unselfish devotion to duty. They are indeed worthy of the solemn tribute of a grateful Nation.
I invite all Americans to join me in observing Veterans Day -- through appropriate ceremonies, activities, and commemorations on November 11.
In order that we may pay fitting homage to those men and women who have proudly served in our Armed Forces, the Congress has provided (5 U.S.C. 6103 (a)) that November 11 of each year shall be set aside as a legal public holiday to honor America's veterans.
Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the
Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of
September, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-six, and of the
with the Office of the Federal Register, ,