President Obama: Veterans Show “Enduring Spirit of America”President Obama presented a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington during a Veterans Day ceremony November 11.
In his remarks, the president said Veterans Day honors the service and sacrifice of ”every service member who has ever worn our nation’s uniform."
The sacrifices of America’s veterans show the “enduring spirit of America,” the president said. “Since even before our founding, we have been blessed with an unbroken chain of patriots who have always come forward to serve. Whenever America has come under attack, you’ve risen to her defense. Whenever our freedoms have come under assault, you’ve responded with resolve. Time and again, at home and abroad, you and your families have sacrificed to protect that powerful promise that all of us hold so dear —- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The president also made special mention of the service members who joined after the September 11, 2001, attacks on America for ”writing one of the greatest chapters of military service our country has ever known. You 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. Tour after tour, year after year, you and your families have done all that this country has asked –- you’ve done that and more.”