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Veterans Day: A time to remember and honor

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Veterans Day Consoling a Visitor in Arlington

Official White House Photo/Samantha Appleton — In a cold drizzly rain, President Obama stopped to share a moment with a couple of visitors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, today.  

All across the nation today, Americans are remembering those who serve and those who have served in the armed forces. At Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, President Barack Obama took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns and then spoke to a gathering at the nearby Memorial Amphitheater. His remarks below are from The White House blog.

 

That is my message to all veterans today.  That is my message to all who serve in harm’s way.  To the husbands and wives back home doing the parenting of two.  To the parents who watch their sons and daughters go off to war, and the children who wonder when mom and dad is coming home.  To all our wounded warriors, and to the families who laid a loved one to rest.  America will not let you down.  We will take care of our own.

And to those who are serving in far-flung places today, when your tour ends, when you see our flag, when you touch our soil, you will be home in an America that is forever here for you just as you’ve been there for us.  That is my promise — our nation’s promise — to you.

Ninety-one years ago today, the battlefields of Europe fell quiet as World War I came to a close.  But we don’t mark this day each year as a celebration of victory, as proud of that victory as we are.  We mark this day as a celebration of those who made victory possible.  It’s a day we keep in our minds the brave men and women of this young nation — generations of them — who above all else believed in and fought for a set of ideals.  Because they did, our country still stands; our founding principles still shine; nations around the world that once knew nothing but fear now know the blessings of freedom.

That is why we fight — in hopes of a day when we no longer need to.  And that is why we gather at these solemn remembrances and reminders of war — to recommit ourselves to the hard work of peace.

There will be a day before long when this generation of servicemen and women step out of uniform.  They will build families and lives of their own.  God willing, they will grow old.  And someday, their children, and their children’s children, will gather here to honor them.

Thank you.  God bless you.  And God bless the United States of America.

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2 Responses to Veterans Day: A time to remember and honor

  1. John Brady Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 3:00 am #

    This will always be in my house Armistice Day. Because my Dad was a “buddy”. He is a veteran of World War I. He would have been 113 now. He was born in British occupied Ireland and moved with his family to America. When the call to duty came to defend his new country, he answered. Navy.

  2. Fronnie Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 5:13 am #

    When the call came to serve my Dad answered Army. He loved his country, his family, and his God. He is no longer with us.

    Perhaps somewhere peaceful your Dad and my Dad are trading stories of the days back when.

    On Armistice Day, Veterans Day or Remembrance Day, we honor your Dad, my Dad, all veterans who have served — along with active duty members who are willing to venture into harms way to protect the values we Americans hold most dear.

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