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Veterans Day

Honoring our Nation's Veterans

" This day, and every day, we pay tribute to America's sons and daughters who have answered our country's call. We recognize the sacrifice of those who have been part of the finest fighting force the world has ever known and the loved ones who stand beside them. "
Proclamation - President Barack Obama, Nov. 7, 2014
Screen grab of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel thanking our veterans.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's Veterans Day Message

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanks veterans and service members serving around the world for their service in this Veterans Day message. Video

WWII Veteran Carries on Flag-raising Tradition

Marvin Hume has a soft-spoken way about him. The Navy veteran's quiet afternoons now spent in the sleepy coastal town of Cape May, N.J. are a far cry from the deafening roars of Saipan 70 years earlier. Story

Hagel: Vietnam Wall Teaches Sacrifice, Need for Questioning Policies

The Vietnam War Memorial teaches Americans to honor those who sacrificed, but also to be honest and to question the policies that send Americans to war, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.Story

Unbroken Line of Vets Keeps America Free, Biden Says

An unbroken line of veterans has kept the United States and its freedoms safe since the founding of the republic, Vice President Joe Biden said at America's most sacred shrine. Story

First Lady, Disney's Doc McStuffins Honor Military Children

First Lady Michelle Obama and Disney's Doc McStuffins saluted military veterans and their children at the White House. Story

Portrait of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Secretary Praises, Thanks Veterans, Service Members

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel honored veterans and service members past, present and future in a Veterans Day message. Story

Portrait of Admiral James A. Winnefeld Jr., Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Winnefeld Praises TSA Efforts to Hire Veterans, Secure Nation

Winnefeld Praises TSA Efforts to Hire Veterans, Secure Nation The United States rose out of the sacrifices of its service members to become the strongest and most prosperous nation in history, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Story

Portrait of President Barack Obama.

Obama Urges Americans to Honor Vets

President Barack Obama used his weekly address to commend service members throughout the nation's history for their dedication and to encourage all Americans to honor their sacrifices by helping them succeed and get the support they've earned. Story

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Photo of a veteran honoring the U.S. flag.

Service Members Honor Veterans Day

Photo of Zac Brown playing guitar.

Stars Perform at Concert For Valor

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Screen grab of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaking at the Vietnam War Memorial.

Hagel Speaks at Vietnam War Memorial

Screen grab of General Martin E. Dempsey speaking on the importance of veterans.

Dempsey Discusses Veterans' Role in Society

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