Veterans Day 2018

Ambassador Grenell’s Statement Honoring Veterans

Every November 11, the United States marks Veterans Day to honor the brave men and women who served in our armed forces.  We celebrate the accomplishments, the sacrifice, and the courage of our country’s servicemen and servicewomen, and we draw inspiration from their example.  Through their service, they safeguard core values shared by the United States and Germany: freedom, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

U.S. veterans have also stood side by side with our friends and allies.  Throughout the long and dangerous years of the Cold War, the U.S. military stood by the German people and supported the dream of reunification.  And in 1989 when Berliners finally hammered through the wall that had divided them, our servicemen and servicewomen remained – continuing to stand by our German allies.  Today more than 33,000 U.S. troops are still stationed in Germany. 

I am proud to work with many veterans and active-duty service members at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.  To them, to the troops serving at home or abroad, and to all U.S. veterans around the world – thank you for your service.