Honoring those who serve
Honoring America’s troops once a year is not enough, President Barack Obama said Wednesday in a speech marking Veterans Day.
Speaking at the Arlington National Cemetery, Obama repeated multiple times that while it is right to have ceremonies and parades on Veterans Day to recognize the troops, “our tributes will ring hollow if we stop there.”
“This day is not only about gratitude for what they have done for us,” he said. “It is also a reminder of all that they still have to give to our nation and our duty to them.”
Obama said the government has a responsibility to care for veterans, and he also called on citizens to do their part by reminding the nation how valuable veterans can be in the workplace.
“If you want to get the job done, hire a vet. If you’re a business that needs team players that know how to lead and execute an idea, hire a vet,” Obama said. “Every sector, every industry, every community can benefit from the incredible talents of our veterans.”