Veterans Honored Nationwide On Veterans Day

President Obama honors fallen military.

On Sunday, November 11, people all across the nation honored America's soldiers and veterans. Though the federal holiday of Veterans Day is currently in observation today, here's some of what's been done nationwide to recognize our veterans.

  • President Barack Obama laid the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and noted that this is the first Veterans Day in a decade with no American troops fighting and dying in Iraq, and that a decade of war in Afghanistan is coming to a close.
  • In California, a war memorial cross that once stood on a rocky hilltop in a national park before being deemed unconstitutional and ordered removed was being resurrected in the stunningly stark Mojave desert, marking the end of a longstanding legal dispute that had become entangled in patriotism and religion.
  • Storm-ravaged New York hosted the country's largest Veterans Day parade with turnout sparse (due to displacement by Hurricane Sandy) along portions of the 30-block route along Fifth Avenue. he military has been very visible in the Sandy cleanup. Several officials also made a note of mentioning Vietnam veterans. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
  • The GI Film Festival Hollywood was launched this weekend in Los Angeles. Films at the two-day festival highlighted the successes and sacrifices of American military personnel and the worldwide struggle for democracy.The festival's mission is to preserve the stories of American veterans.
  • Chicago's National Veterans Art Museum unveiled its latest exhibit called "Welcome Home" as it celebrated its grand reopening in a new location. The exhibit is part of a series that examines the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the rising need for mental health care for returning veterans. The museum has more than 2,500 works of veterans' art with the mission of inspiring greater understanding of the real impact of war with an emphasis on Vietnam. The museum focuses art inspired by combat and created by veterans.
  • A Las Vegas casino rolled out the red carpet for some 60 injured veterans in a special Veterans Day weekend trip. The annual "Salute to the Troops" weekend started with free American Airlines flights for veterans and their guests and a welcoming committee of MGM Resorts employees Thursday.
  • Genealogy website Ancestry.com has launched an online, searchable collection of the burial sites of more than 500,000 members of the military. The project, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Archives and Records Administration, allows people to search by name, for a fee.

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