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Obama honors sacrifice made by nation’s veterans

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 11, 2012 at 11:56 a.m. Updated November 11, 2012 at 12:24 p.m.

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President Barack Obama speaks at the annual Veterans Day commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.

Obama: This Day Belongs to Veterans

To mark Veterans Day, President Barack Obama spoke at Arlington National Cemetery. He says the day belongs to vets and their loved ones. (By AP)
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— President Barack Obama paid tribute at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington Memorial Cemetery to “the heroes over the generations who have served this country of ours with distinction.”

He said the wreath he laid earlier at Tomb of the Unknowns was intended to “remember every service member who has ever worn our nation’s uniform.”

In a speech at the Memorial Amphitheater, he said America will never forget the sacrifice made by its veterans and their families.

“No ceremony or parade, no hug or handshake is enough to truly honor that service,” the president said, adding that the country must commit every day “to serving you as well as you’ve served us.”

He spoke of the Sept. 11 generation, “who stepped forward when the Towers fell, and in the years since have stepped into history, writing one of the greatest chapters in military service our country has ever known. You’ve toppled a dictator and battled an insurgency in Iraq. You pushed back the Taliban and decimated al-Qaida in Afghanistan. You delivered justice to Osama bin-Laden.”

Obama also said this was the first Veterans Day in a decade with no American troops fighting and dying in Iraq, and that a decade of war in Afghanistan is coming to a close.

Over the next few years, he said, more than 1 million service members will make the transition to civilian life. “As they come home, it falls to us, their fellow citizens, to be there for them and their families, not just now but always.”

Later, the president and his wife, first lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, greeted families in the cemetery’s Section 60, home to graves of service members killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Razrbacker196107030755 says... November 11, 2012 at 4:57 p.m.

"Some gave ALL"....HE?? Gave NOTHING!!!!! Disgrace that our military has to salute this Kenyan' every time they see him, when first instinct would be QUITE a different response, promise! He won't even look them in the eyes while talking on his cell phone when exiting the Aircraft...LOL! Don't blame him...cowards find it hard to look courage in the eye!

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