Veterans Day Peter Welch 2021

Peter Welch gives a speech in Waterfront Park in Burlington to celebrate Veteran's Day and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). Photo courtesy of Ernestine Abel.

Gov. Phil Scott's Statement

Today we pause to honor the brave men and women who served our state and nation in the Armed Services. 

Thousands of Vermonters have served our country over the course of American history, and too many never made it home.

From the Green Mountain boys who joined the fight for independence; to a war that saved the Union, and two wars that would encircle the world; to Korea and Vietnam and the Middle East, and our F-16s defending the skies above Ground Zero on September 11, 2001; Vermonters have always answered our nation’s call.

Their sense of duty, and sacrifice, is why it’s so important for us to take the time to not only thank our veterans, but to listen to their stories, as well. They are why we live in the greatest country on Earth, and we must always be grateful to those who made that possible.

Lt. Gov. Molly Gray's Statement:

On Veterans Day in Vermont, we honor the over 43,000 veterans who call our state home, as well as the millions more across the country who have served and sacrificed to protect our nation. 

Vermont has a long history of military service, going as far back as the Green Mountain Boys’ participation in the American Revolution. Our brave servicemen and women have risked their lives to secure our freedoms in the line of duty, and it is our continued duty to ensure they receive the support and care they deserve.  

Thank you to our veterans, their families and our future veterans – our active duty troops – for your commitment, your sacrifice, and your courage. We are forever indebted to your service.” 


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