Monday, November 12, 2012
The annual Veterans Day ceremony was hosted at the Clarendon War Memorial on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012.
See photos of the annual Veterans Day ceremony hosted at the Clarendon War Memorial near the Clarendon Metro station on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012. The ceremony was hosted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) John Lyon Post 3150 based in Arlington County, Va. Included in this year's ceremony was a special wreath laying ceremony in honor of Lance Cpl. Niall Coti-Sears. Coti-Sears was the first Arlington native to be killed in Afghanistan, according to the VFW John Lyon Post's Facebook page. He was killed in action on June 23 in the Helmand province of Afghanistan.
Arlington County closures on Mon., Nov. 12, 2012.
While Veterans Day falls on Sunday, local governments observe the holiday today. Arlington County released the following information on closures of county services: Courts Closed DMV select Closed Human services Closed Libraries Closed Parks, community centers and nature centers Public Schools Closed Swimming Pools See Pool Schedule Transportation and Parking Trash pickup and recycling
Sunday, November 11, 2012
President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day.
President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012. Read the full remarks by the president at Arlington National Cemetery, as released by the White House. The ceremony began at 11:36 a.m. Sunday: Thank you so much. Please, everybody, be seated. Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Secretary Shinseki, for a lifetime of service to our nation, and for being such a tireless advocate on behalf of America’s veterans, including your fellow Vietnam veterans. To Rick Delaney; to Vice President Biden; to Admiral Winnefeld; Major General Linnington; our outstanding veteran service organizations; our men and women in uniform –- Active, Guard and Reserve -- and most of all, …
Friday, November 11, 2011
The president placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and offered remarks at Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater on Friday.
President Barack Obama, in his remarks Friday at Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater, compared today’s servicemen and women to the Greatest Generation that faced the hardships of World War II. Obama also noted the upcoming holidays would serve as a season of homecomings following the end of the war in Iraq and the anticipated withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan. Over the next five years, 1 million troops will return to civilian life. “This generation of service members – this 9/11 Generation – has borne the burden of our security during a hard decade of sacrifice. Our servicemen and women make up less than 1 percent of Americans, but also more than 1 million military spouses and 2 million children and millions more…
As distributed by the White House
Friday, November 11, 2011
Thank you, Ric Shinseki, for your extraordinary service to our country and your tireless commitment to our veterans; to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; to Chairman Dempsey and Mrs. Dempsey; to our wonderful veterans service organizations for the extraordinary work that you do for our nation’s heroes; to all who tend to and watch over this sacred cemetery; and above all, to every active duty member, Guardsman, Reservist, and veteran of the United States Armed Forces. There are many honors and responsibilities that come with this job. But none are more humbling than serving as your Commander-in-Chief. And I’m proud to be with so many of you here today. Here, where our heroes come to rest, we come to show our gratitude. A few moments …
Young and old gathered to remember and honor America's armed services.
Families and strangers, youth groups and veterans, and people of all political persuasions came together Friday at Arlington National Cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater to honor the men and women who have served this country. The National Veterans Day Observance ceremony featured a traditional laying of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and remarks by President Barack Obama. Even among the younger attendants, it was a time of reflection. “It’s important because you get to honor your country,” said 14-year-old Leon Wilcox, one of 50 Navy ROTC cadets who came to the ceremony from Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, Md. “I get to honor my relatives – I’ve had a lot in the military who have died,” he said. “It’s important to remember …