Leadership Corner

Recognizing our nation's veterans

November 9th, 2017 at 11:45AM

Portrait picture of Chief Tooke
U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke.

On Saturday, Nov. 11, we honor our Nation’s veterans for their service to support and defend our country. These are men and women who put service before self; they keep us safe and protect the American way of life. 


As you may know, Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day, was set aside to celebrate the end of World War I. Due to service members’ subsequent actions in World War II and Korea, Congress approved legislation in 1954 to honor veterans of all wars on Nov. 11. On this day, I ask that we all take time to reflect on the sacrifices our veterans have made for our Nation. We acknowledge the immeasurable debt we owe them for their time in service and honor them accordingly. We recognize the great freedom and opportunities we enjoy in our Nation as a result of the significant contributions of our veterans. 


On this day, I also want to recognize and acknowledge all veterans who continue their public service as proud members of the Forest Service. We are fortunate to be able to count on their experiences and leadership as we deliver our mission. I am honored they chose to continue serving the American people as part of our great organization. 


To all of our Forest Service veterans, thank you for all you have done, and all you continue to do for our country.


I encourage all employees to join me in thanking our veterans and remembering them this Saturday. I hope everyone has a safe, wonderful weekend.