Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

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Veterans Day

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Office of Press Relations


On November 11, 1919, the United States commemorated the first Veterans Day, then known as Armistice Day, amid one of the worst global pandemics the world had ever experienced. The parallels between 1919 and 2020 remind us that our past is never too far removed from the present. As in 1919, our soldiers and veterans are working with civilians on the front lines of this current global pandemic.   

On this Veterans Day, I remember the words of former soldier and statesman General Colin Powell, who said, “Whenever and wherever the nation has called—in times of darkness and danger as well as in times of peace and prosperity—America’s veterans have been there. Veterans have proudly carried the torch of liberty for all to see.”

I am just one of the more than 300 veterans and reservists here at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and I am proud to work alongside these fine men and women. Their experience and dedication make us a stronger and more resilient Agency. USAID gives thanks to all those currently in the Armed Forces, and to those who have served in the past, for your incredible commitment to our country.  

On this solemn day, I humbly speak on behalf of everyone at USAID to commemorate and recognize the sacrifice of those who have served, along with their families, friends, and loved ones who have endured extended periods of separation and hardship, and who have provided support in countless ways. 

Thank you for your service.