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Obama: US Owes Military Veterans Its Gratitude

U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington on November 11, 2013.
U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington on November 11, 2013.
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President Barack Obama has joined millions of Americans on Veterans Day in a salute to the men and women who have served in the country's armed forces.

Obama pledged Monday that Americans “will never forget” the sacrifices made by the country’s military veterans, and promised that his administration would continue pushing for money to support the men and women now home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The president spoke at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Earlier, Obama and his wife Michelle hosted a breakfast at the White House for military veterans and their families.

Richard Overton, the oldest living WWII veteran, listens during a ceremony attended by President Obama marking Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2013.Richard Overton, the oldest living WWII veteran, listens during a ceremony attended by President Obama marking Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2013.
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Richard Overton, the oldest living WWII veteran, listens during a ceremony attended by President Obama marking Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2013.
Richard Overton, the oldest living WWII veteran, listens during a ceremony attended by President Obama marking Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2013.
President Obama said the country owes its veterans gratitude for their service.  He paid special tribute to one of the nation's oldest veterans, 107-year-old Richard Overton.

Obama also pledged particular support for veterans returning home from battlefields in Afghanistan, as the United States' longest war winds down in the coming year.

"Today reminds us of our sacred obligation.  So even though this time of war is coming to a close, our time of service to our newest veterans has only just begun," said President Obama.

Americans honor veterans in a variety of ways, often with parades.  In Oklahoma, a new wall commemorating Vietnam veterans is being dedicated that is a smaller version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

In New York, the parade focused on returning female veterans and the challenges they face.

November 11 was first observed in the United States in 1919 as Armistice Day to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.  The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 to honor American veterans of all wars.

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by: Markt from: Virginia
November 11, 2013 5:38 PM
Firstly, my comment is directed to walter white...I do not understand how anyone can interject a racist comment on a day that is meant to honor the Veterans of the United States and to honor the memory of all soldiers of every nationality who fought and died in the horrific struggle known as WWI...Blood is red no matter the color of the skin that is rent and torn in a fire fight. Such a comment as yours only serves to sours the mood of the day, thanks for the downer....

Now, onto the real reason for this offering into the comment section. Remember the dead, remember those who gave their lives throughout the 20th Century and honor those for whom this day is truly meant to honor; the Soldiers who fought in World War I. Honor and remember those who have worn a military uniform in peace and in war, the Veterans who came home, and those whose lives were cut short in the unfortunate and often unavoidable conflict when two (or more) Nations cannot resolve their differences in a diplomatic fashion.
As a Veteran, I honor all those who had gone before me in history of this great Nation, and I give thanks to those who are currently in uniform serving this great Nation. I salute you, my Brothers (and Sisters), and I thank you with all the sincerity of this aging soldier's heart. Keep the Peace, and hold your heads high, you deserve the honor of this day.
Semper Fidelis and God bless....


by: Walter White from: US
November 11, 2013 2:11 PM
One unfortunate reality of Veterans Day is that our veterans never fight against the greatest threat of the last 60 years. This is the on-going program of genocide being carried out against White people. This genocide is being carried out by force integrating every White country, community, and institution on the earth with non-Whites. This forced diversity is accompanied by an information campaign that frames White people as inherently defective and lacking positive human qualities. This campaign of White guilt is intended to weaken the resolve of Whites as they face genocide by forced assimilation. Non-White people are free to have spaces and institutions to pursue their own cultures and destinies. This is genocide. There are people who claim to be "anti-racist," but what they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White.

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