Observances

Never Forget: Celebrating Those Who Served

Nov. 12, 2018

On this Veterans Day weekend, the nation’s defense leaders and the defense community joined Americans around the world in recognizing the men and women who have given selflessly and sacrificed in service to the country. We invite you to join us in a look at how they paid their respects to veterans, from wreath-laying ceremonies to parades.
 

President Trump and another man stand on a dais holding their hands over their hearts while another man in uniform is saluting
Suresnes Services
President Donald Trump, commander in chief, renders honors during a Veterans Day observance at the Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France, Nov. 11, 2018. The service also marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War I.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro
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President Donald Trump, commander in chief, renders honors during a Veterans Day observance at the Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France, Nov. 11, 2018. The service also marked the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War I.



Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with service members during his Veterans Day visit at the Iditarod Dining Facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 11, 2018.
The vice president shakes hands with service members.
Meeting Troops
Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with service members during his Veterans Day visit at the Iditarod Dining Facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 11, 2018.
Photo By: Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russell
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A veteran looks at the defense leaders standing on the balcony of the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery
Veteran's View
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and other government and military leaders and guests attend the National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2018.
Photo By: Lisa Ferdinando
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Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and other government and military leaders and guests attend the National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2018.


Left to right: Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Army Secretary Mark Esper, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis take part in the National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2018. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert L. Wilkie led the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and delivered the address in the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan stand with military leaders at Arlington Nationial Cemetery
Solemn Ceremony
Left to right: Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Army Secretary Mark Esper, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis take part in the National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2018. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert L. Wilkie led the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and delivered the address in the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater.
Photo By: Lisa Ferdinando
VIRIN: 181111-D-BN624-0194


Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Ellyn, read names on a wall in a chapel.
Chapel Tour
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Ellyn, visit the chapel at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial near the Belleau Wood battleground, in Belleau, France, Nov. 10, 2018.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro
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Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Ellyn, visit the chapel at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial near the Belleau Wood battleground, in Belleau, France, Nov. 10, 2018.


Anne Kimberly Joiner, center, deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, community and public outreach, rings the close of business bell at the New York Stock Exchange in New York as U.S. Army Col. Dina Wandler, left, and NYSE president Stacey Cunningham, look on, Nov. 9, 2018. The event was part of Veterans Week and Marine Corps Birthday activities in New York.
A woman stands behind a podium at the New York Stock Exchange, preparing to ring the close of business bell.
NYSE Closing Bell
Anne Kimberly Joiner, center, deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, community and public outreach, rings the close of business bell at the New York Stock Exchange in New York as U.S. Army Col. Dina Wandler, left, and NYSE president Stacey Cunningham, look on, Nov. 9, 2018. The event was part of Veterans Week and Marine Corps Birthday activities in New York.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Bryan Ilyankoff
VIRIN: 181109-N-WX378-0154

A man wearing a grand marshal sash waves to parade watchers from a car.
Grand Marshal
Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg, grand marshal of New York's Veterans Day parade, waves to parade watchers as he rides in a car along the parade route, Nov. 11, 2018.
Photo By: EJ Hersom
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Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg, grand marshal of New York's Veterans Day parade, waves to parade watchers as he rides in a car along the parade route, Nov. 11, 2018.


Marines and sailors march past the New York Public Library during the 2018 Veterans Day Parade in New York City, Nov. 11, 2018.
Spectators watch as a blur of Marines and sailors march past the New York Public Library.
Military March
Marines and sailors march past the New York Public Library during the 2018 Veterans Day Parade in New York City, Nov. 11, 2018.
Photo By: EJ Hersom
VIRIN: 181111-D-DB155-200X