tv Veterans Day Service at Arlington National Cemetery CSPAN November 11, 2017 10:50am-12:30pm EST
>> whether it is due to the itmies clever conditions, seems clear the american military offensive along the dmz has bogged down, like the marines in the mud. >> then at 6:00 on american artifacts, we will tour the national archives exhibit remembering vietnam. at 8:00 on the presidency, the 1967 lyndon johnson vietnam war press conference. >> made our statement as to what we would do if we had communist aggression in that part of the world in 1954. we said we would stand with those people in the face of common danger, and the time came we had to put up or shut up, and we put up and were there. war, 50 "the vietnam years later," on c-span3. this veterans day, we are
live at arlington national cemetery were vice president pence will be placing a wreath at the tomb of the unknowns. he is taking part in this annual tradition in place of president trump who is currently overseas. the president did release a video message to veterans earlier, calling them this country's greatest national treasure. wreathlaying is followed by a ceremony at the memorial will include which remarks from the vice president and veterans affairs secretary david shulkin. right now we will watch the scene while we wait for the vice president. this is live coverage on c-span.
please remain standing for the prayers for all veterans delivered by chairman -- chaplain michael mccoy senior. >> let us pray. eternal goda of nations in , we invite your presence in this most sacred god where many of our veterans and families have gathered and many of our nations heroes rest. we give you thanks on this veterans day for the courage,
devotion and sacrifice all those lengths war our nations uniforms , and offered the terry service for this country, that we could enjoy such freedoms. that you bless our nation's veterans in coverage and bring healing to those who are suffering from both visible .nd invisible wounds of war god, hold the safely in your hands all the militaries, veterans, their families, and all who live in this great nation. god remove evil acts from our midst and grant us please at home and abroad. hearts and aateful united will to unite our veterans, may we always hold them in our love and prayers into your world is perfected in
peace and all wars cease. day asve us all a joyous we honor our nation's veterans, let your presence be evident in this celebration of their service. in the name of god who challenge us to care. amen. >> i would like to invite mr. thomas stephen korean war veterans association to lead us in our pledge of allegiance. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. and to the republic for which it god,s one nation, under
indivisible, with liberty, justice for all. please be seated. it is now my distinct privilege to introduce the members of the veterans day national committee. the committee was formed by presidential order in 1954 to plan this annual observance in honor of america's veterans and to support veterans day observances throughout the nation. please holder applause until i have introduced the special guest. if you're able, please stand one your name is called. thomas stevens, national president korean war veterans association. 's any good, national
commander american g.i. forum. frank kowalski national commander catholic war veterans of the usa. president, national blinded veterans association. president via mount veterans of america. harmon, commander and chief veterans of foreign wars of the united states. william starkey, national president fleet reserve association. presidentational paralyzed veterans of america. camberpolk national amvets. national --raul helwig. john is frisky noncommissioned officers association.
larry -- national commander of american legion. cornelius, national commander military order of the purple heart. the the web, national, record leak -- marine core leak. jerry walden national commander region of valor of the usa. chiefgibson, commander in military order of the world wars. president, national retired enlisted association. brian factor, washington, d.c. agent congressional medal of society of the usa. gary augustine, executive director disabled american veterans. president, military
officers association of america. jeff ledoux.-- mr. robert swan, national commander polish legions of american veterans usa. not with us today is paul warner, national commander from the jewish war veterans. they will celebrate veterans day at the vietnam wall and world war ii memorial. the associate members of the committee are located in the boxes to my left. i would like to ask the president's and national commanders that comprise our associate membership to stand and be recognized. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in recognizing our
veterans national leadership with your applause. applause] it is now my pleasure to introduce our veterans service host for 2017. the korean war veterans association of the usa. the korean war veterans association of the united states to servea is honored as the host organization for the 2017 veterans day national commemoration at arlington national cemetery. they are incorporated as a nonprofit corporation that needs the requirements for a veteran service organization under section 501c of the internal revenue code of 1986.
is to defend the nation, care for veterans, perpetuate their legacy, remember all missing and fallen, my main them at memorial and support of korea. if you have ever honorably served in korea as he was of the -- as a member of the u.s. armed forces, or served outside of 1950-generate 31st, 1955 you qualify for membership. the korean war veterans association is represented today by the national president. please welcome mr. thomas stevens. [applause] you, vice president pence, distinguished guests and
my fellow veterans and their families are good morning and happy veterans day. is tom stevens, i'm a national president of the korean war veterans association. the korean war veterans association has three distinct honor and privilege of cohosting this year's national veterans day commemorations here in washington dc. often referred to as the forgotten war, the korean war began on june 25, 1950. 75,000 soldiers from the north korean people's army poured across the 38th parallel. the boundary between the soviet-backed democratic people's republic of korea to the north and the pro-western republic of korea to the south. the creamy -- the korean peninsula is still divided today.
i would like to pay special tribute to all who have served on the korean peninsula from the start of the war to the president. your service and dedication to ensure the stability and freedom of the republic of korea will be remembered for years to come. for your service to our country, and to the republic of korea. on this veterans day and all such days, when we pause to remember, there are essential lessons for the young and for that all of the rest of us as well. appreciate the blessings of freedom, recognize the power and virtue of sacrifice, and respect those who gave everything on behalf of the common good. of -- us of reminds what we can achieve when we pull together as one nation,
respecting each other with all of our differences, but coming together we can fight any battle and face any challenge. may god bless the united states of america and all the american heroes we honor today, and may god bless also those who still stand at the ready and may give us the wisdom to do what is right for tomorrow. thank you. we are honored to be the host veteran service organizations. thank you very much. [applause] ladies and gentlemen, please davide the honorable chilton, secretary of veterans affairs. [applause] it's great to see you on this wonderful veterans day, mr. vice pence,ent, mrs.
.eputy secretary bowman and all the representatives of the veterans organizations. the department of veterans affairs has two main missions, to honor the dead and care for the living. in accordance with the promise made by president abraham lincoln in 1865. we at the v.a. keep the promise 365 days a year. in this past year we have made progress towards keeping president trump's promise to veterans, strengthening our
ability to provide high quality care and benefits while also improving outcomes for veterans. twice a year, we invite the nation to join us in keeping lincoln's promise, by honoring the dead on memorial day, and honoring the living on veterans day. when morea time americans understood the importance of honoring the living. many more americans had connections with the military. in the 1950's, nearly half of all americans had either served in the military or had an immediate family member that served in the military. today that number is just 16%. from each of our recent major conflicts to be here today to remind us why we honor veterans. first, to my last inbox 40 is fromca helped in h --alpin kalamazoo, michigan.
would you stand. [applause] just ran out of money for college so she enlisted in the navy in 2010, training as an aircraft mechanic she served with a hawkeye squadrons in japan,. after four years on active duty she used the g.i. bill to finish her bachelor's degree and on a masters degree in national security policy which she will finish in may. congratulations and thank you for your service. next inbox 40 jeff roper. would you stand. northas born in fairfield carolina, race in richmond, virginia. he was a sergeant in the gulf war in the second of the 327
infantry. he was encamped with his squadron when an antitank round through the cap. it struck the tent next to his and exploded. peppering his back question reppo. thankfully he was not seriously injured and was able to remain with his unit. he retired from the army in 2000 x with 20 years of service. now he works in my office. he is here today representing gulf war veterans and v.a. employees. one third of whom are veterans. thank you, jeff. next down here in front is tom devlin from pennsylvania. marines ind in the 1966, two years later he was a rifleman in vietnam when a booby-trapped send him flying through the air. he's that the tet offensive in
the hospital did after vietnam, he served nine years in the marine corps reserves before switching services and joining the air national guard as a medic. he is retired now, after 27 years of active service or the credits the effect --vet center with saving his life. the vet center staff roster him back from the brink. tom to you and all other vietnam veterans, welcome home. next, inbox 40 in the back is bill scott of, oklahoma. would you stand. true to his roots as a member of built firstw nation his birthday to enlist in the national guard when he was 16.
the korean war broke out he couldn't use his young age to get out of going but he didn't get he deployed to korea with the 45th infantry division in 1951 despite his age, he was made a squad leader and was promoted to staff sergeant. he served nine months in combat before going back to high school for his senior year. then he used the g.i. bill to go to college. he has been a patient at v.a. facility in two states. he has brought to us is using v.a. home loans at who lives in one of them now with linda, his wife of 52 years. congratulations to both of you. [applause] 40 is carmel we tzel, who grew up on a farm in west virginia. in 1942 anded
deployed it to france with the 26th infantry division one month after the date. first he drove a truck or the famed red ball express a cowboy that moved from the english channel to patton's third army. untilhe saw combat november 1, 1944, when amid fierce fighting he was captured by the germans. he spent the rest of the world sap -- p.o.w.. he was -- breakfast was a cup of tea, dinner was 16 of a local bread. he escaped once with two other .en he remained at large for 15 days before he was recaptured here is the they were only not shop because several americans that escape before them were shot. toer the war he went back driving a truck.
for two years in his spare time and without pay he built apartments in baltimore for other veterans. hardly a veteran alive who doesn't have his story. today also haser a story to tell. not of his own service, but of his families. the vice president father, second lieutenant edward pence also served in the 43 infantry division in korea not long after bill scott. months, he the west was awarded the bronze star for his actions as a rifle leader near a pork chop hill. that's not all. in 1983 the vice president's older brother greg and also served with the third battalion
in beirut, lebanon. currently he is serving the vice president's son first lieutenant michael pence. that's quite a service record for one family. what it tells me is that when it comes to caring for the men and women who have served our country, the vice president is a man we know will always do the right thing. ladies and gentlemen it is my great personal pleasure and professional honor to present to you the vice president of the united states, mike pence. [applause]
vice president pence: thank you. cabinet,embers of the secretary wilson, general admiral caldwell and admiral michaels or two zero -- director at giller, two distinguished members of congress and all our honored guests but most of all to the men and women of the armed forces of the united states of veteransnd to all our who have worn the uniform of , happyeat nation veterans day. [applause] there is a day in the spring when we remember who served and
did not come home. day, is theeterans day when all across america in gatherings large and small, we pause to remember those who served and did come home. for nearly a century since the guns for the worst -- first world war fell silent, the 11th hour, the 11th day, the 11th month the lip the american people have served this day. i thank you all who are here and all that are gathered around this nation for continuing this great tradition. far, iour heroes new and bring veterans day greetings from a great champion for the men and women who have worn the uniform of our armed forces, president donald trump.
[applause] at this very moment our president is halfway around the world. heart is here in this and that every veterans day service across the country. president trump asked us to be here at the ceremony to in his whos, honor all americans serve in the army, air force, navy and marines and to pay due respect to those americans who have passed the torch of liberty from one generation to the next. for they surely have. so i say to each and everyone of you veterans gathered here and all of those that might be looking on, we are grateful for
your service. we are grateful for your sacrifice and i will make you a promise. just as you plot for us, we will always fight for you. [applause] the bible tells us if honored than honor, then respect, the debt our nation owes the people that were the uniform is a debt we will never be able to fully repay. our best and bravest have stepped forward to defend our freedom, the on broken core of their service stretches back into the midst of american history. the world, hill to san juan hill to saipan. nearly 50 million men and women
edit nearly 20 million still walk among us today. speak a new generation of american veterans is being forged. as i look out today, it is a ight.ing sit from korea, vietnam, iraq and afghanistan, and many more who have watched in times of peace. presidentour commemorated the 50th anniversary of the vietnam war and met with some of the heroes who fault that war on the very soil where they fought. yesterday, wesaid salute our brave vietnam veterans and recall the sacrifices they made for our freedom and our nation's strength.
some 9 million americans served in those jungles and more than 58,000 fell in defense of freedom, their names now enshrined on a black granite wall not far from here. veterans our vietnam who are gathered here, in the midst of this 50th anniversary, i say thank you and welcome home. [applause] i'm told one of those veterans has come to this ceremony almost every year, and is almost always introduced, as he was today. but it don't think his story has ever been told, and i hope he won't mind too much of a tell it today. a first ago this march, lieutenant in the united states
army, first battalion 97th artillery, awoke at dawn to a massive vietnamese attack on a hilltop outpost. he and his brothers were outnumbered. it took minutes for the enemy to break through defenses in the fighting quickly came -- the fighting quickly became hand to hand. that young first lieutenant rallied his brothers to stand their ground. he ordered air and artillery strikes from a dangerously-exposed position, for four straight hours. as the situation worsened, he directed the withdrawal and provided cover fire and to ensure his brother's safety and to inflict maximum damage on the enemy he called in and artillery strike on his own position. wounded and unable to escape himself, he managed to escape detection for eight long days until he was rescued when
american forces retook the outpost. at his conspicuous gallantry the risk of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty he received, of course, the medal of honor. would you join me today and thanking a true american hero? medal of honor recipient first lieutenant brian thacker. [applause] our nation owes a debt to our veterans,nd -- to our and it is it a debt we can't
fully repay. this the outset of administration president trump has foxed tirelessly to fulfill the words of our 16th president, to care for him who shed in the battle. working with secretary shulkin we have made the department of veterans affairs or efficient, effective and accountable. let me be clear. veterans benefits are not entitlements. they aren't. they are the ongoing compensation for services rendered in the uniform of the united states of america. [applause] under president donald trump keeping the promises we have made to the men and women who have served in our armed forces. this president has already expanded the veteran's choice program by more than $2 billion, to give our heroes access to real-time, high-quality health care. and because not all bones of war
are visible, we have improved veterans' access to mental health services and given greater access to telemedicine for our veterans. president trump has signed the v.a. accountability and whistleblower act to ensure our veterans receive the highest level of service, and and the e then of ms. -- and pattern of mistreatment at the v.a.. dwe have suspended more than 1500 employees for negligent behavior. wethe president has said, will not rest until all 's veterans receive the care they so richly deserve. -- beyondlth care,
health care, president trump has signed legislation to allow veterans to choose -- to pursue the education of their choosing. unemployment has fallen by nearly 40% since president trump was elected. it is lower today than at any point since the year 2000 and we are just getting started. today our veterans continue to serve our nation and careers ranging from business to education, from law enforcement to public service. and it seems wherever they go, their lives are characterized by that same sense of duty and the courage and selflessness forged during their years in our armed forces. earlier this week i heard the remarkable story of one such veteran, and i thought i'd share
it with you today. karen and i, traveled to sutherland springs, families ofet the the victims in the worst attack on a place of worship in american history. we stood at the bedside of a retired u.s. marine corps gunnery sergeant named juan macias. we spoke to his family as he lay before us recovering from his injuries. it was from another member of the church that we learned of that veteran's extraordinary courage last sunday. julie workman, a registered nurse, was also wounded in the first baptist church that day. but no sooner had the attacker left then she began to the
wounded. seeing what lay before her, though, julie told me she was momentarily overcome. gunny steppeden in. this by having five bullet nyunds she told me that gun looked her in the eye and said you were born for this, keep your wits about you, do your job. she said that is all she needed to hear. outlives the uniform and her actions and his courage undoubtedly saved lives that the day. that's an american veteran. [applause] on this veterans day we honor those who served with tributes and promises kept, but as our
veterans understand better than most we also ought or their service by ensuring that the men and women serving in our armed services today have the resources and support they need to defend this nation on this day. our veterans will be glad to know president trump has already taken decisive action to make the strongest military in the history of the world, stronger still. this president has already signed the largest increase in military spending in nearly a decade and before this year is out, we will enact the largest investment in our national defense since the days of ronald. reagan. and under president donald trump come i will make you a promise. rebuild our to b military. we will restore the arsenal democracy and give our soldiers sailors, airmen, and marines and
coast guard meant the resources and training they need to recall accomplish their mission and come home safe. close let me say, again, how deeply humbling it is for me to stand before so many heroes. as secretary shulkin told you, i am the son of a soldier and i'm the proud father of united states marine but my life never took me into the uniform of the united states. i've never experienced the cost of war on the battlefield or had timedure the hardship of away from home and family that can come with service, even in peacetime.
but i have seen enough to know the burden that our veterans is oftentimes a burden that lives far beyond your time in uniform. ago, my dad served in combat in korea. second lieutenant edward j pence was in the u.s. army, 45th infantry. of oldht in the battle baldy and pork chop hill and he earned a bronze star for his courage under fire. the truth is, i learned most of that after i grew up because dad andr talked about the war, that medal stayed in his dresser drawer. died i was after he visiting a cousin that he grew up with, on the streets of chicago and he told me that the
war had changed my dad. how, he said,im before the war your dad was the most happy-go-lucky guy i had ever met. but he said after he came back, he was different. and then he said words i will never forget. "i don'tand i quote, think your dad ever got over the guilt of coming home." "i don't think your dad ever got over the guilt of coming home." instant, irds, in an understood every unfinished faraway look on
my father's face whenever the war came up. if you talked about it at all, he talked about the guys he guys that didn't get to come home to marry their sweethearts, raise a house full dreams andve their see their children's children. understood the quiet cost of freedom. ourthe burdens so many of veterans bear in their hearts. so to all of our veterans looking on, know this. we are with you. you do not carry that burden alone. we stand ready to withyou shoulder that load
the compassion, support and prayers of the american people. you were there for us. now, we are here for you. president trump said this morning, in his words, america's veterans are this country's greatest national treasure. he said you're the best role for our younger citizens, a constant reminder of all that is good, decent and brave. , no truer, i say words were spoken. of the freeland because it is still the home of the brave and you, our veterans, are our brave. [applause] you stepped forward, you counted
our lives more important than who, asnd we thank god the psalm says, trade your hands for war but also brought you home safe. to your loved ones, and a grateful nation. in his proclamation for this veterans day president trump called upon every american to recognize the fortitude and sacrifice of our veterans. challenget me add one my fellowly to countrymen who did not serve in the armed forces of the united states. at homehis day is out, or at work, on a street corner or over a backyard fence, whether they came home in the
last week or in the last extend, find a veteran, and say those words and they never asked to hear but deserve to hear, every day. to my fellow americans, i say, say,a veteran today and "thank you for your service." their current. thank them for your freedom. and thank them for doing their bestto preserve this last, hope of earth, for ourselves and our posterity. on behalf ofns, the president of the united states and a grateful nation, i say thank you for your service. may god bless you and your
atthis veterans day ceremony arlington national cemetery, coming to a close. you'll be able to watch this again tonight at 8:00 eastern, here on c-span. it will also be available online, at www.c-span.org. just type in arlington national cemetery in the search bar. are sharingongress their thoughts on this day, on twitter. says, "to every man and woman who has served
honorably in our armed forces, thank you. may god bless you and your families. and this tweet. mooney,resentative alex "on this veterans day we thank all those who have served. i remember my father who served in vietnam and was awarded the bronze star. representaative "happy veterans day to all who served." , and this from representative joe kennedy of massachusetts. "to the generations of brave men and women who have risked life and limb to defend our nation, a grateful country thinks you today and every day. can read more tweets by going to c-span's twitter page and subscribing to our members of congress list. on today's "washington journal" we spoke to a vietnam veteran who was held captive during the war