And, it is a day to pray and work for peace and non-violence -- for a world where there will be no more war.
On Wednesday, the POTUS spoke at Fort Hood for the memorial service of those killed in a shooting there last week. In his remarks, he referenced today's observance:
"In today's wars, there is not always a simple ceremony that signals our troops' success - no surrender papers to be signed, or capital to be claimed. But the measure of their impact is no less great - in a world of threats that no know borders, it will be marked in the safety of our cities and towns, and the security and opportunity that is extended abroad. And it will serve as testimony to the character of those who serve, and the example that you set for America and for the world."