I’m a day late, but better late than never since our soldiers deserve remembrance and respect. President-elect Obama and the current President Bush celebrated Veteran’s Day on Tuesday marking remembrance of those who served and the triumphs of those currently serving.
However, first and foremost before the politics, here’s a tribute our amazing men and women who have sacrificed and are still sacrificing for our freedom in the Armed Forces:
God bless them and their families for they protect our way of life and our free democracy.
Video report on President-elect Obama laying a wreath in Chicago:
Video of President Bush speaking from the U.S.S. Intrepid:
Report on President Bush from Political Radar:
ABC News Jennifer Duck Reports: President Bush spent his final Veterans Day as president in New York aboard the USS Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum, which left active service in 1982 and officially was reopened as a museum today.
The president first joked, then took time to reflect on his last term and what he will miss after January 20th when his powers are passed to President-elect Obama.
“Oftentimes they ask me, what are you going to miss about the presidency? And first reaction is, I say, no traffic jams in New York,” Bush said to the New York-centric crowd before getting serious. “The truth of the matter is, I will miss being the Commander-in-Chief of such a fabulous group of men and women — those who wear the uniform of the United States military.”
“Thank you for your courage, thank you for your sacrifice, and thank you for standing up when your nation needed you most,” Bush said to the veterans.
The president was presented a plaque with “43” engraved on steel from the inside the USS Intrepid.
Before the ceremony, President Bush made a short statement alongside five service members who flew down on Air Force One with him. The president said he was inspired and raised by a veteran, his father Former President George H.W. Bush.
“Veterans have inspired me,” he said. “I was raised by a veteran. I appreciate the commitment to our country that the veterans have made. I am committed to making sure that today’s veterans get all the health care and support they need from the federal government for agreeing to serve in a time of danger.”
Vice President Cheney also thanked veterans and troops for their service and laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.
Amateur video of Cheney laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery:
They deserve our deepest respect and honor every single day.