Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day Message from BAE's Walt Havenstein


In the United States, today is a very special holiday honoring our veterans, which originated on November 11, 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that day to be Armistice Day at the end of World War I. It evolved over time and, in 1954, Congress amended the name to Veterans Day as it has been known since. By any name, it is an important day on which we pay tribute to all former and current members of our Armed Forces.

Just one week ago, we experienced an unprecedented Election Day in the United States. It is not lost on me that we have the distinct privilege of being able to vote in this great democracy because of the brave men and women who have fought for and defended our country’s freedoms. We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our veterans for the many rights and privileges we currently enjoy.

BAE Systems is committed to bringing our future veterans home safely and to supporting our military and their families in everything we do. As part of our commitment, we must always remember those who have gone before us in battle and those who are currently fighting in the global war on terror. Please join me today in saluting all of the courageous men and women who have served our country. And as always, should you come in contact with one of our men and women in uniform, be sure to take a moment to stop and say thank you. For this simple act of gratitude, those who are serving our nation around the world are willing to sacrifice their all for us.

Walt Havenstein
President & CEO of BAE Systems Inc.,
the US subsidiary of BAE Systems plc

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