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Honoring All Who Served, Veterans Day 2004
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COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF — President Bush participates in a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of Veterans Day. The ceremony took place at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Nov. 11. AFPS photo by Samantha L. Quigley
Quilts Exhibited at Women's Memorial

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 12, 2004 – The centerpiece of this year's Veterans Day observance at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial was the opening of a new exhibit titled, "The Comfort Quilt."  Story

President Bush Thanks America’s ‘Hidden Heroes’

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2004 — “Our whole nation honors every patriot who placed duty and country before their own lives,” President Bush said at Arlington National Cemetery today. “They gave us every day that we live in freedom.” ... “We honor every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman who gave some of the best years of their lives to the service of the United States and stood ready to give life itself on our behalf,” he said. “Twenty-five million military veterans walk among us, and on this day, our nation thanks them all.” Story

Coalition Forces Observe Veterans Day in Afghanistan

U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David Barno, commander, Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan, addresses a crowd of about 100 members of the U.S.-led coalition during a Veteran's Day ceremony Nov. 11 at Kabul Compound. The ceremony, which included the playing of the National Anthem, a brief history about Armistice Day, remarks by Barno and the singing of God Bless America, lasted about 20 minutes. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Darren D. Heusel, 105th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Oklahoma Army National GuardKABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 11, 2004 — At a time when the world is bustling to defeat terrorism, about 100 members of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan paused briefly to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom during a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 at Kabul Compound. “Much like you are doing today, what they did would benefit their children and their children’s children,” he said. “Being here today makes you a veteran and you’ll always have that to take with you.” Story

Veterans’ Day in Fallujah
Commentary by U.S. Army Capt. Steve Alvarez 
Multinational Security Transition Command – Iraq, Public Affairs
FALLUJAH, Iraq, Nov. 11, 2004 – I didn’t know David “Eddy” Black, but I knew of him. A humble husband who played sports growing up, graduated college—the first in his family, and then went on to earn a law degree, all while juggling five kids and careers as an airline pilot and Air Force reservist. By today’s standards he would be called an overachiever—but not too long ago, people of his caliber were just considered good, hardworking men. More
Veterans Affairs Secretary Thanks Troops

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2004 — All Americans should take a minute on Veterans Day to remember what is involved in wearing the uniform, said Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi. But the servicemembers and veterans are not the only ones who deserve our acknowledgement on Veterans Day. Their families make tremendous sacrifices, too. Story

World War II Vet Recalls Her Service in Women's Army Corps

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2004 — Veterans Day is special for Ida E. Simpson, because it gives her a chance to reflect on serving her country during World War II, which was something she thought a woman in those days wouldn't be able to do. Story

Vet Recalls Good Times & Bad

Cpl. James FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 10, 2004 — James H. “Bud” Spracklen was one of the 78th Infantry Division veterans who visited Fort Hood recently for a three-day reunion Spracklen, 83, from Buchanan Dam, Texas, served during World War II, from Oct. 25, 1942 until Jan. 25, 1946. Story

Retired Sailor Reflects on Life, Service to Nation

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2004 – "Veterans Day is a remembrance of all the veterans that made the supreme sacrifice – all the people who died making a contribution to the freedom of this country. It's also a day of remembrance of the ones who were fortunate enough not to die, but contributed to the freedom of the country," said Lanier Phillips. Story

World War II Vet: Four Times A Hero, But Never Wounded

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2004 — Not only is Walter R. Bieder, 83, a true American hero, he's one of the luckiest men alive. A combatant in several hard-fought, bloody battles of World War II, Bieder earned two Silver Star Medals and two Bronze Star Medals for heroism without even getting a scratch. Story

WWII Vets Share Stories

FORT HOOD, Texas, Nov. 10, 2004 – World War II veterans spent time remembering fallen comrades while getting a glimpse of the future of the Army during a recent reunion held on and around Fort Hood. Story

Smithsonian Opens 'Price of Freedom' Exhibition
Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers tells the more than 300 people how Americans have given much for many. The occasion was
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2004 – Heroes of the past met the heroes of today during the dedication ceremony here for the Smithsonian Institution's exhibition "The Price of Freedom: Americans at War." Story
Smithsonian 'Price of Freedom' Web Site
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