America Honors Her Veterans

Views

November 11: As Americans throughout the country gather to honor veterans and the fallen, President Obama commemorates the with remarks at Arlington National Cemetery: “To all of them — to our veterans, to the fallen and to their families — there is no tribute, no commemoration, no praise that can truly match the magnitude of your service and your sacrifice.”

Newscom/UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Obama and Brigadier General Karl Horst greet a visitor to Arlington National Cemetery after a Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. After his speech, Obama walked through Section 60, where many who died in Iraq and Afghanistan are laid to rest.

Newscom/UPI/Kevin Dietsch

American Legion Post 21 and Cub Scout Pack 134 hold a sunrise flag-raising ceremony at Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Newscom/ZumaWire

John Padykula, 91, a Purple Heart recipient, sings ”God Bless America” at a program at Bay Pines VA Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Newscom/ZumaWire

Retired Navy Seabee Hilrie Kemp, 72, waves a flag at a ceremony held at a community center in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Newscom/ZumaWire

East Bay High School JROTC color guard cadets stand at attention at the same ceremony in St. Petersburg.

Newscom/ZumaWire

The UK has its own day for honoring its veterans: Armistice Day. Here, observers gather for a moment of silence and plant crosses outside Birmingham’s Hall of Memory.

Newscom/ZumaWire

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah leave a service at Westminster Abbey in London. At the ceremony, the Queen led the country in observing a two-minute silence to honor the “passing of a generation.”

Newscom/Ptsphotoshot

Spectators in Killeen, Texas watch a Veterans Day parade pass. Killeen is home to Fort Hood, the site of a shooting that claimed the lives of 13 servicemen and women. A memorial service was held November 10 to honor the fallen.

Newscom/ZumaWiret

Soldiers from Fort Hood march in the parade in Killeen.

Newscom/ZumaWire

Actor Tony Curtis acts as Grand Marshal for the 91st annual Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

Newscom/Richard B. Levine

Spectators at the parade in New York City.

Newscom/Richard B. Levine

ROTC members carry a giant US flag in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

Newscom/Richard B. Levine

The color guard marches at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial in Santa Rosa, California.

Newscom/ZumaWire

The Pledge of Allegiance is recited at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial.

Newscom/ZumaWire

Holly Griffin, the widow of Sgt. Maj. Craig A. Griffin, puts roses at the 1st Special Forces Group’s memorial wall after a service at the unit’s compound in Fort Lewis, Washington.

Newscom/Joe Barrentine/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT

Bagpiper Seamus Neary plays at a Veterans Day event in Fort Lewis, Washington.

Newscom/Joe Barrentine/Tacoma News Tribune/MCT

President Obama lays a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

Jeff Malet/Maletphoto.com

Soldiers stand at attention at Arlington National Cemetery during the memorial service.

Jeff Malet/Maletphoto.com

A flag is brought out for the ceremony.

Jeff Malet/Maletphoto.com

Arlington National Cemetery.

Jeff Malet/Maletphoto.com

Earlier in the day, President Obama has breakfast with veterans in the East Room of the White House.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a lunch for veterans and their families at the Naval Observatory residence in Washington DC.

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

Dr. Jill Biden also spoke at the lunch.

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

The Vice President speaks to a luncheon attendee.

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK