Obama, Hagel Attend Veterans Day Ceremony at Nation's Cemetery

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Marines from the honor guard participate in the Veterans Day ceremony, which included an address by President Barack Obama, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel participated in the event. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center left, and Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, center right, participate in a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • President Barack Obama, left, walks with Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commander of U.S. Army Military District of Washington, at the Tomb of the Unknowns during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Honor guards from all services stand before President Barack Obama for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns with the help of a soldier in the honor guard during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • President Barack Obama and Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commanding general of, U.S. Army Military District of Washington, render honors during the playing of taps at the Tomb of the Unknowns during the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from left,; Patricia Shinseki, wife of Eric K. Shinseki, Veterans Affairs Secretary, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, stand for the presentation of the colors during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • President Barack Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki stand for the presentation of the colors during the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • President Barack Obama addresses the audience during invocation at the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Richard Overton, 107, stands as President Barack Obama acknowledges him as one of America's oldest living World War II veterans during the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell, left, joins Overton at the event. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Veterans AffairsSecretary Eric Shinseki participate the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Army Secretary John M. McHugh, far right, and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., second from right, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attend the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets a boy scout at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C., Nov. 11, 2013. Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, walked the wall and greeted veterans. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel joins Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to greet veterans and walk the wall at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 2013. The two leaders, both Vietnam veterans, visited the memorial and greeted veterans. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks with World War II veteran Thomas Ahart at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 2013. Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, spoke with the vet who traveled from Kansas through Honor Flight, an organization that brings veterans to the nation's capital to see memorials in their honor.  DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki greet retired Army Gen. Colin Powell at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 2013. Powell gave a speech at the memorial. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo