In some parts of the world, November 11 is a day to commemorate the end of World War I. In the United States, November 11 has become a day to honor the men and women who have served in the military: Veterans Day.
All across the country today Americans will participate in parades, hold military ceremonies, and say “thank you” to their veterans.
President Obama attended a Veterans Day event in South Korea where he spoke to a crowd of current members of the armed forces, U.S. and Korean veterans, and their families and friends. He said, “Now, on this day, we honor every man and woman who has ever worn the uniform of the United States of America. We salute fallen heroes, and keep in our prayers those who are still in harm’s way -– like the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
He also said that honoring veterans is “about more than the words we say on Veterans Day or Memorial Day.” He said, “It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. It’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America.”
The president identified recent initiatives that aim to better serve veterans such as improving care for wounded soldiers, reducing homelessness among veterans, and providing money for college to veterans and their families through the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.