Honoring those who serve

  • The U.S. military honor guard removes the colors at the National World War II Memorial on Veteran’s Day to pay tribute to the more than 16 million men and women who served with U.S. armed forces during World War II in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 11, 2015.
  • A veteran reaches out to touch a photograph of a soldier while attending a Veterans Day ceremony at the National World War II Memorial on Nov. 11, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
  • A man visits the Vietnam Memorial Wall on the National Mall on Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
  • Bob Fulmer covers his hart during a prayer at the Korean War Memorial on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Jiffy Helton Sarver, of Monroe, Ga., visits the grave of her son, 1st Lt. Joseph Helton, Jr., who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2009, at Georgia National Cemetery on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga.
  • U.S. military honor guard members participate in a full honor wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 2015 in Arlington, Va. The tomb contains the remains of an unidentified soldier from World War I and crypts of unknowns from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are set next to the tomb. In 1998 DNA testing was able to identify the remains in the Vietnam soldier’s crypt, which now remains empty.
  • Shadows are seen reflected on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall during Veterans day in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 11, 2015.
  • Operation Desert Storm veteran Tyrone Franklin pays his respects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial with is grandson Sean Miller, 2, on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015, in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Army veteran Howard Morang, 74, of South China, Maine, attends a Veterans Day ceremony at the Maine Veterans’ Home, Nov. 11, 2015, in Augusta, Maine. Morang’s service cap sports a variety of pins commemorating his service. The former post commander was stationed in Germany in the early 1960s.
  • Images of soldiers etched in black granite are seen at the Korean War Veterans Memorial during Veterans day in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 11, 2015. 
  • President Barack Obama arrives for a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in honor of Veteran’s Day at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 11, 2015.
  • A National Park Service volunteer passes out U.S. flags at the National World War II Memorial on Veteran’s Day during a tribute to the more than 16 million men and women who served with U.S. armed forces during World War II in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 11, 2015.
  • Fresh footsteps in the morning dew from a mother visiting her son’s grave are seen in the grass as tombstones stand in the background on Veterans Day at Georgia National Cemetery, Nov. 11, 2015, in Canton, Ga.

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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.”

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