It is not the “elected public servant.”
“Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.
“This holiday started as a day to reflect upon the heroism of those who died in our country’s service and was originally called Armistice Day. It fell on November 11 because that is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. However, in 1954, the holiday was changed to ‘Veterans Day’ in order to account for all veterans in all wars.” – Military.com
“‘Thank you’ isn’t enough this Veterans Day” – The Boston Globe