November 11, 2009
Honoring All Who Served
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery. At 11:00 a.m., a color guard, made up of members from each of the military services, renders honors to America’s war dead during a tradition-rich ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The ceremony takes place inside the Memorial Amphitheater.
The Veterans Day National Committee also selects a number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country. From stirring parades and ceremonies to military exhibits and tributes to distinguished veterans, these events serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances.
On Veterans Day, we honor all the men and women who have served in America’s armed forces. To read President Obama’s Veterans Day proclamation, find information on national and regional observances, or learn the history of the holiday:
A genuine homecoming for veterans
Respect for our veterans requires more than parades and “welcome home” signs. It means assuring that the men and women who have gone to war for this country are treated with dignity as they make the transition back to civilian life.
The Obama administration is taking an important step in that direction with its ambitious five-year goal of reducing homelessness among veterans.The President bestows our nation’s highest honor for a military unit upon Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry:
Homeless on Veterans Day
About one-third of all adult homeless men are veterans, and an average night finds an estimated 131,000 of them from five decades bedding down on streets and in charity sanctuaries. About 3 in 100 of them are back from Iraq and Afghanistan. The problem of homelessness for Vietnam veterans is, shamefully, well known. But the men and women in this growing cohort took just 18 months to find rock bottom, compared with the five years-plus of the previous generation’s veterans.
posted by GeoT
President Obama’s Veterans Day Speech At Arlington Cemetery