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President Obama and Army Brig. Gen. Karl Horst pay their respects at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Veterans Day,
Nov. 11, 2009. White House photo by Pete Souza   More Photos

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Obama's Pledge: America Will
Fulfill Obligations to Veterans

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va., Nov. 11, 2009 – America will fulfill its obligation to take care of and value those who have sacrificed for the country, President Barack Obama said here today. Story | Transcript

Veterans Day Holds New
Meaning for Troops in Iraq

CAMP VICTORY, BAGHDAD, Nov. 11, 2009 - Surrounded by fellow servicemembers, 157 Soldiers and Marines representing 60 countries sat in the rotunda of Camp Victory's Al Faw Palace in Baghdad Nov. 11 for a naturalization ceremony. Their wait would soon be over and their future would begin -- this time as United States citizens. Story

Bidens Host Veterans, Troops, Families

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2009 – Today’s military is the “best-equipped, best trained, best educated, and the most competent military in the history of mankind,” Vice President Joe Biden told 240 servicemembers and veterans at his home at the U.S. Naval Observatory today. Story

Nation's Capital Hosts Throngs for Vets

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2009 - The nation's capital today hosted throngs of people paying tribute to men and women who currently or previously wore the uniform of the U. S. military. Story

First Lady Urges Vets to Volunteer

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2009 – First Lady Michelle Obama today urged all Americans, including military veterans, to put their skills to use in volunteer service to assist U.S. communities and citizens in need. Story

 

Vietnam, Iraq Vets Return
Home to Troubling Memories

Generations of American servicemembers braved war to return home to enjoy the freedoms they helped to preserve. Yet, returning veterans also can experience troubling memories after the shooting stops. Story

Gates Notes Poignancy of Observance

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2009 – The Nov. 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, provides a special sense of poignancy to this year’s Veterans Day observance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in his annual message commemorating the holiday. Story

Chairman Hails Nation's Veterans

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2009 – In his annual Veterans Day message, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, notes that gratitude for U.S. military veterans is evident not only in the United States, but also overseas. Story

About Poppies, Remembering Veterans

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Oct. 28, 2009 – Ever wonder what the significance is of the little red flowers that the Veterans of Foreign Wars hand out? Story

President Barack Obama

"The generation serving today already deserves a place alongside previous generations for the courage they have shown and the sacrifices that they have made. In an era where so many acted only in pursuit of narrow self-interest, they've chosen the opposite. They chose to serve the cause that is greater than self; many even after they knew they'd be sent into harm's way. And for the better part of a decade, they have endured tour after tour in distant and difficult places; they have protected us from danger; and they have given others the opportunity for a better life."

Arlington National Cemetery
Nov. 11, 2009