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Veterans Day 2013 - Honoring our Nation's Veterans

November 11, 2013

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President, VA Secretary Pledge
Support for U.S. Veterans

President Barack Obama commemorated Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery, calling the holiday a reminder of the nation’s “sacred obligation” to those who have “fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security” throughout America’s history. Story

Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden
Pay Tribute to Veterans

In an opinion piece titled “Joining Forces with you on Veterans Day,” First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, paid tribute to veterans and their families and called for the continued growth of their “Joining Forces” initiative. Story

White House Honors Energy-saving Veterans for Innovations

12 military veterans were honored for their achievements in advancing clean energy and climate security at a White House event. Story

England Honors U.S. Veterans at
WWII Cemetery Ceremony

Members of the 501st Combat Support Wing, Mission Partners and local English towns, villages and cities gathered at Cambridge American Cemetery, in Cambridge, United Kingdom, Nov. 11 to honor past and present veterans from the United States and United Kingdom. Story

Obama Promises Veterans Job, Educational Opportunities

President Barack Obama paid tribute to America’s veterans today during his weekly address, promising to ensure the United States demonstrates its appreciation through career and educational opportunities. Story

Obama: Obligations to Veterans
Endure After Battle Ends

In declaring Nov. 11, 2013, as Veterans Day, President Barack Obama said the nation's obligations to those who have served endure long after the battle ends. "As we pay tribute to our veterans, we are mindful that no ceremony or parade can fully repay that debt," Obama said. Story

Son of Navy POW Recounts
Father’s Heroism in Vietnam

Navy Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale’s journey -- from prisoner of war in Vietnam to Medal of Honor recipient to Ross Perot’s vice presidential running mate in 1992 -- reflects the path of a true American hero. Story

Hagel to Participate in Veterans
Day, USMC Birthday Events

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will take part in observances to mark the Marine Corps birthday and participate in Veterans Day ceremonies Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said. Story

"Under the most demanding of circumstances and in the most dangerous corners of the earth, America's veterans have served with distinction. With courage, self-sacrifice, and devotion to our Nation and to one another, they represent the American character at its best."
President Barack Obama, Nov. 7, 2013

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Gen. Martin E. Dempsey Veterans Day Message

Gen. Martin E. Dempsey Veterans Day Message

Sgt. Maj. Battaglia's 2013 Veterans Day Message

Sgt. Maj. Battaglia's 2013 Veterans Day Message

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