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♪ >> and from new york city, with ticket to arlington, national sarah -- arlington national cemetery for the veterans day commemoration. officials with the department of defense and veterans affairs are marking the day with a wreathlaying here at the tomb of the unknown followed by a ceremony. vice president pence will be speaking along with defense secretary mark esper and defense -- and secretary mark will --
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>> the wreath-laying ceremony is now complete. the veterans day ceremony will begin soon. ♪
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>> ladies and gentlemen omar joe's the fourth, commanding general of the united states and .istrict of washington ms. karen dern at gill era, executive eric, army national military cemetery. mr. frank cole ski, national commander, catholic war veterans of the united dastates. wilke, honorable robert
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secretary of veterans affairs. ♪ >> ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the united states. ♪
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[applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, please made standing for the procession of our nation's colors and those of our veterans nation service organizations. as we march on the colors, the united states army band, pershing's own, will play the national emblem march. please place your hand over the heart or render a hand salute. ♪
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ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing for the invocation given by chaplain juliana lesher, national director of chaplain service or the department of veterans affairs. pray. us almighty and loving god, on this day we honor our american veterans, the men and women of this nation who selflessly committed their very lives to honor and defend the freedoms that we cherish as americans.
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our veterans now that freedom is not free, and comes with a significant sacrifice for those who faithfully serve, as well as for their families and loved ones. for the devoted service of our american veterans, we are grateful. we are also grateful to you, god, for your strengthening presence. our veterans have done your sustaining presence while standing watch in the dark silence in aht's lonely outpost, worlds away from home, or on a ship in a distant and hostile sea. our veterans have done your protective presence in the horrible heat of combat or flying amid darkening clouds across your infinite sky. our veterans have done your abiding presence as they attended to our wounded and tortured comrades in their crimes -- cries of pain, and among those whose earthly
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struggle had ceased. for your strengthening, sustaining, protective and abiding presence, we are grateful. may the ceremonies this day inspire our hearts to uphold the values of faith and understanding, life and human justice, and and continued aspiration to sacrificial service as exemplified by our service members and veterans. we pray all of this in your most holy and loving name, amen. >> now, i would like to invite skate, national commander, catholic veterans of the united states, to lead us in our pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the
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flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and 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. your applause until i have introduced the special guests. if you are able, please stand when your name is called. zampieri, president,
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national veterans blind association. mr. harvey winer. burke, national vice president, vietnam veterans of america. chmits.liam doc s veterans of foreign wars of the united states. jansky.a m. c. brown, national commander and vets. mr. kenneth bliss and more. trausky.s bruce fewerbok. , nationals bruce eggleston
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region one commander, military order of the purple heart. towbin, national commandant, marine corps league. swoth.lliam d. ro military association of the usa. u.. david zerfl malone junior, national commander, legion of valor of the usa. mr. charles s. chamberlin, commander-in-chief, leader of the world wars. elinski.ip j. h ker, congressional medal of honor society of the usa. whitehead, butch
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national commander, disabled american veterans. ry, military officers association of america. munoz, board chair, commissioned officers association of public health service. carton, international president, air force association. jikowski.en wo cunningham, national president, korean war veterans association of the usa. mr. lawrence g. romo, american g.i. forum of the united states. mr. lawrence g. the associate me committee are located in the boxes to my left. i would like to ask the
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president's and national commanders that comprise our membership to stand and be recognized. ladies and gentlemen, please join me in recognizing our veterans national leadership with your applause. [applause] [applause] it is now my pleasure to introduce the executive director army national military cemeteries, ms. karen durham aguiintroduce the executive dirr armylera. >> good morning. ofbehalf of the secretary the army, welcome to arlington national cemetery. thank you, mr. vice president for being here today and for honoring our nation's veterans. welcome also to the honorable dan quayle, former vice president, and his family for attending today.
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quayle, former vice president, and his family for attending today. [applause] esper,retary defense mrs. esper, secretary of the v.a. wilke, mrs. wilkie, the senior official before me, the undersecretary of the army, jim mcpherson, chief of staff of the army, general mcconville, mrs. mcconville, welcome. esther frank kowalski of the cap war veterans, thank you for being the veteran service organization host and for your participation in this important national observance, and to all dignitaries, veterans and families here today, and everyone a crunching -- watching across the nate nation, what a great day. it is fitting that we are here in the center of these most hollowed grounds. today is the celebration of honor, duty, and patriotism. here at arlington national cemetery, we are surrounded by over 4000 soldiers, sailors, marine, coast guard men, and
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their families who have probably served our nation in peacetime and in more. their headstones are the brick that form the foundation of the city on the hill, that beacon of the hope that is our united states. stories of the service and sacrifice we celebrate today are edged in marble around us to move from the instructions on gravestones to the tomb of the unknowns soldiers. most important are the patriotism, valor, and fidelity etched in the hearts and souls of our service members come up past, present, and future are the vanguard of our freedom and liberty. today, as for the past 155 years, arlington national cemetery is honored to serve our veterans and their families at the nation's most sacred shrine. no place but arlington national cemetery could be purchased. each must be earned through honorable service. on behalf of our dedicated men and women who serve here, is my privilege to welcome you today. we are a great people honoring sacrifice and service to a grateful nation.
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thank you and welcome to arlington national cemetery. [applause] >> high would like to introduce our veteran service organization host for 2019. the cap war veterans association of the usa. the catholic war veterans of united states of america is honored to serve as the host organization for the 2019 veterans day national commemoration at arlington national cemetery. at war association is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation that meets the requirements for a veteran service organization under section 501(c) 19 of the internal revenue code of 1986 and is organized under the laws of the state of new york. under its motto, for god, country, and home, the cap that
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more veterans is dedicated to serving returning war veterans. together with other veterans service organizations, it seeks to educate and influence public opinion, promote good laws, and serve veterans as they look or benefits, counseling, representation, and employment opportunities. the catholic war veterans up association is represented today by their national president. please welcome mr. frank kowalski. [applause] >> members of the clergy, mr. secretary, members of congress, my fellow veterans and guests, welcome. today is an extraordinary day on our national calendar. we come here to this hallowed place for a sacred purpose. we set aside this day to honor and thank all of our veterans throughout our history, the least of whom are average citizens who proudly embraced
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and distinguish the uniform of our country. we are here to remember and pray for those who gave their last full measure of devotion, whether on my, at sea, or in the air. we give special thanks to those who returned safely to their families and resume their lives to help build this great country. in particular, we salute those that came home with the scars of war, who continue to fight emotional, mental, and physical disabilities. we can never thank them and not be they are an aspiration to us all. veterans day has become an important reminder of our national heritage. as had aary so forces profound effect on the history of our nation and the world. we reflect on the selfish courage of the early patriots who fought in the revolution to forge our freedom as soldiers on both sides of the civil war. it would divide the course of our nation. we admire the determination of
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our soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen who took the fight to the enemy and world war ii and prevailed by their valor and sheer power of will be not only did they preserve our freedom, but they also made possible to pursue a world at peace. that same commitment to the cause of liberty has brought horses to the mounds of korea, the jungles of vietnam, and deserts of the middle east. in each time and place, our veterans have distinguished themselves for their bravery and care for those innocents caught in the horrors of war. we recall this courageous sacrifice of our doctors, nurses, clergy of all faiths, merchant mariners, rosie the rivers, and entertainers who stood shoulder to shoulder on front yards, factory lines, and at home to demonstrate the best that america had to offer. our commitment to peace remains the highest to these united states of america. it is the debt we owe to those who ironically had to go to war to preserve the peace.
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may we never forget the sacrifice. it is my great honor to also represent all veterans of every race, creed, color, and service on the special occasion. the catholic order of veterans is honored to act as your host today. may god bless all of those who served, and may god bless these united states of america. [applause] it gives me great pleasure to introduce the secretary of veterans affairs, the honorable robert wilkie. before coming to the v.a., mr. wilkie was the secretary of defense for personnel. the principal advisor to the secretary, deputy secretary of defense on total force management. as undersecretary of defense,
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mr. wilkie served james mattis as assistant secretary of defense, serve both donald rumsfeld and robert gates. before that, mr. wilkie was special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for the national security council. currently he is a kernel and the u.s. air force reserve and previously force -- served in the air force reserve. ladies and the a secretary mr. robert wilkie. [applause] secretary wilkie: thank you, mr. kowalski, and to the catholic veterans for this glorious day. mr. president, my colleagues in the cabinet, to the veterans of the united states, to the chairman of the house veterans affairs committee, on behalf of
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the president of the united states, welcome to arlington. today, we honor veterans. just across that river in the 1860's, abraham lincoln would ride alongside ambulances full of wounded soldiers as they were taken to hospitals just north of the white house, and he would constantly ask, how are things going? what are you seeing? in those days, the weary president was constantly looking for ways to honor and to respect those who carried the nation's future on their bayonets. he knew that if we were going to have a nation at all, it would be these men that would deliver our future. thanked, in 1864, the 199th new york volunteers when he said , to you who render the hardest work in support of this nation should be given the greatest credit. it was lincoln who set the tone
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for what we see today as our department of veterans affairs. generations after president lincoln, sergeant alvin york showed america what it means to revere our country, and to revere those who defend our country. york was america's greatest hero, but having returned from world war i, he was besieged by advertisers and hollywood types among begging for his endorsement, so they could profit from his heroics. he declined all those offers as only a mountain man from east tennessee good. he said this uniform and for sale. years later, as the guns of europe began to get closer and closer to the shores of our country, york reminded americans again why his veterans fought. liberty and freedom and democracy are so very precious that you do not fight to win
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them once and then stop. liberty and freedom and democracy's are prizes awarded only to those people who fight to win them and keep fighting eternally to hold them. in some times, despite what our veterans deliver, support for veterans in this country has been fragile since alvin york returned from france. in the 1930's, veterans marched on this city and were greeted with tanks. franklin roosevelt knew what was going on, and as veterans saw wife pass amongst them to say that all things would come right at the end, one private from alvin york's division said, they send the army a few weeks ago, and roosevelt sent eleanor. a soldier of the first order, harry truman, knew what had gone wrong, and to make sure those things did not happen again, he
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ordered his fellow missouri and omar bradley to take hold of the department of veterans affairs, known then as the veterans administration. general bradley built 150 hospitals. he administered educational benefits to 7.5 million returning veterans and he set america on the course for doing the right thing, that it had forgotten in between the two great wars. but things did not continue in that way. when my father went to vietnam, the tide had turned again. we forgot why we send americans overseas, and the wisdom of taking care of those who put this nation's freedom on their backs. there were no welcome home parades, and my father, a senior officer in america's most decorated combat division, was not even allowed to wear his uniform off of fort bragg. that our such neglect
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friends at the vietnam veterans of america created the most lasting slogan. never again will one generation of veterans abandon another. that must be our charge today and always. we must vow never to let those dark days return, and to always be a welcoming family for those, who as lincoln said, borne the battle. i will close today with the thoughts of the greatest of airborne warriors, matthew bunker ridgeway. he led the all-american victory in north africa, sicily, and general eisenhower passed him with leading the airborne assault on taylor's fortress europe. as he planned the operations of the screaming eagles, the all-americans and the red devils of the british division, general ridgway could not sleep. he was so restless he fell out of his cot.
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he reached for the old testament and to the book of joshua and pulled down the description of the battle of jericho and god's promise to that great general. i shall not fail thee, nor forsake thee. in 1986, general ridgway was awarded the presidential medal of freedom by ronald reagan. ronald reagan said, heroes come when they are needed. great men step forward when courage seems in short supply. this day is about heroes, but it is about those 41 million american men and women who have stepped forward when courage seems in short supply from the moment the first shots were fired on lexington green. it is our duty never to fail nor forsake. it is now my high honor -- [applause]
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it is now my high honor and distinct pleasure to introduce to you the father of a marine corps aviator, a man who has spent his career making sure that those who have answered the call are treated with respect and reverence they deserve. it is my great honor to introduce the vice president of the united states, the honorable mike pence. [applause] vice pres. pence: thank you all.
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it is the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. 100 years ago on this day, america first celebrated armistice day, marking the 1918ersary of the day in when the guns of world war i fell silent. there is a day in may when we remember those who served and did not come home. but today, all across america, in gatherings large and small, in cities and towns, we pause to remember all those who served in uniform and did come home. it is veterans day in america. [applause] vice president quayle, secretary esper, secretary wilkie,
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scalia, toe vos and the congressmen, director cause durham-aguilera, distinct americans gathered here today, it's an honor to be here with you all, but most especially, it is a high honor for me to stand before you in this special place among men and women who wear the uniform of the united states of , today, and our veterans who serve our nation in uniform .n ages past honor to welcome you here to arlington national cemetery for the 2019 national veterans day observance. i am grateful that you all would , as millions of americans will do across this
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nation, to honor all those who served. the bible tell us, if you owe debts, pay debts. it on her, then honor. if respect, then respect. today, here in arlington and across the nation, americans gathered to pay a debt of gratitude to the generations who have answered the call to serve in the armed forces of the united dates. -- estates. it is also my honor to be here on behalf of a great champion of our armed forces and of every veteran across this nation, so by bringingbegin greetings and gratitude from the 45th president of the united states, president donald trump. [applause]
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this morning, our president made history, becoming the first president ever to kick off the annual veterans day parade in new york city. but, though, he is in new york, i know his heart is here, with all of you and every veterans day service across the country. as the president said just moments ago, in his words, today, we come together as one nation, to salute the veterans of the united dates armed forces -- states armed forces, the greatest warriors others -- ever to walk the face of the earth. [applause] as the president said, you risked everything for us. ,ow it is our duty to serve you and serving and protecting our veterans, and keeping our provinces to our veterans, we
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will do every day of our lives. [applause] v.p. pence: so to all of the veterans gathered here as well as looking on, from the heart of a grateful nation, thank you for your service. everyproud of you -- single one of you. [applause] v.p. pence: i'm just as you fought for us, i promise you this president, this vice president, and our administration will always fight for you. [applause] as president trump spirit of strength lives within the heart of every american warrior, and that spirit has helped our fighters defeat parents, conquer fascism, vanquish communism, and face down terrorism.
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and so he rightly said. our first president said in his farewell orders to the continental army these words. "the unparalleled perseverance of the armies of the united states through almost every possible suffering and discouragement for the space of eight long years was little short of a standing miracle." so said george washington, and so it can be said of every veteran throughout the long and storied history of this nation. [applause] we were a credit to america. saipan,ker hill to coral reef to kandahar, nearly 50 million men and women have donned the uniform of the united states. and nearly 20 million of you still walk among us today. , a newwe speak
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generation of american heroes and veterans is being forged around the nation and around the world. i looked out today, it is a truly humbling site. serveden and women who in world war ii, in the korean vietnam, iraq, and afghanistan. i see many more who have stood watch over our country in times of peace. so if you are able, if you have worn the uniform of the united states of america, would you please stand and give us one more opportunity to show the grade of this nation for your service? nationgratitude of this
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for your service? [applause] v.p. pence: thank you for your service. thank you for your service. it truly is humbling to be with all of you. our veterans really don't consider themselves heroes. to speak to them, most of them reject the very thought of it. most of them say, as iraq war veteran army specialist christopher gamblin said not long ago, and i quote, he said he was "just some guy that did his job." my dad, a combat veteran from the korean war, ,sed to say with equal humility "the heroes with the guys that -- wereake it home."
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the guys that didn't make it home." on this day, it is our job to set the record straight. every veteran of the armed forces of the united states is a hero to the american people. [applause] and on this day v.p. pence: -- on this.p. pence: and day, it is our duty to tell your story, the story of what you did for us and what you did for our country, and all you did to ensure the survival and success of liberty. our veterans have distinguished themselves in combat. like a man who joined me on this occasion two years ago. 38 years ago this march, he was serving his country in vietnam. back then, he was a first lieutenant in the army, 92nd artillery. one morning, he woke to a massive north vietnamese attack
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on a hilltop outpost. he and his brothers in arms were heavily outnumbered. it took just minutes for the enemy to break through their defenses. at this first lieutenant rallied. he rallied his brothers to stand their ground. he ordered air and artillery strikes from what would later be described as a dangerously exposed position, for four straight hours. as the situation worsened, he personally directed the withdrawal and provide covering fire to ensure his brothers in ety, and to inflict massive damage on the enemy. he actually called in an artillery strike on his own position. managed toself, he evade detection for eight long days, until he was rescued by american forces that we took the outpost. for his conspicuous gallantry at the risk of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, he
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received, of course, the medal of honor. would you join me in thanking a true american hero -- medal of honor recipient first lieutenant brian thacker. [applause] >> thank you, sir. v.p. pence: thank you, brian. it's an honor. >> thank you, sir. [applause] v.p. pence: so we remember those who served in combat, but on this veterans day we also do well to remember that our tions continueribu
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long after you come home. they continue to serve our country in civilian life. you lead in business, in education, and law enforcement, and public service at every level. and wherever you go, you do what you always did when you were serving in uniform. our veterans show the same sense of duty and courage that defined your years in the armed forces. for a veteran of the united states armed forces, service does not end when they hang up the uniform. service is a lifelong calling. [applause] v.p. pence: like a marine sergeant who joins us here today , during his time in uniform, he was in the second battalion, fifth marines. but after he came home, went to
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college, played a little football, played in the orange degree, andmasters then joined the v.a. -- and for the last 10 years, he has worked tirelessly to fulfill the words of our nation's 16th president, to care for them that shall on bornettle -- shall have the battle. thank matt webb for a lifetime of service to america. [applause] v.p. pence: i love you. thank you so much. [applause] v.p. pence: serving our veterans in meeting their needs -- we thank you, sergeant, for continuing that service. and as i stand before you today, i can tell you from my heart not be more proud to be vice
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president to a president who cares so deeply about the men and women of our armed forces, and every veteran in america. [applause] v.p. pence: since the first day of our administration, president trump has taken decisive action to make sure america keeps the solemn promises we have made to each and every one of you, and all of our nation's heroes. veterans benefits are not entitlements. they are the ongoing compensation for services rendered in the uniform of the united states. [applause] v.p. pence: and under this president's leadership, we have been working to keep those promises. he passed the most sweeping
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reforms at the v.a. in more than 50 years, and veterans choice is now available to every veteran in america. and to end an era of heartbreaking abuse and neglect, president trump also assigned the v.a. accountability and whistleblower protection act, to ensure that our veterans receive the highest quality of care in the v.a. system. and under our administration, we fired more than 8000 employees for negligent behavior, and the wait times for patients have dropped by 33%. in fact, the wait times are shorter at the v.a. than they are in the private sector medical system. it for our you do heroes. and as our 40th president once better thanns know
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anyone else the price of freedom , because you have suffered the scars of war. the truth is that not all the wounds of war are visible. often, after they come home, or combat veterans struggle with the weight of having defended our freedom on the field of battle. why at the president's direction, we have increased funding for mental health services by almost $9 billion. in the is not providing mental health screenings to every patient who walks through the door. and to all of our heroes gathered here, and to all of those looking on, let me say -- , ifme say from the heart you are a veteran who is
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struggling with a return to civilian life, or if you have a family member or a friend or a neighbor who you know is knowarly burdened, just that there is help available today. and just as you were there for us, we will be there for you, to see you through this time. [applause] v.p. pence: so we have been providing for the practical needs of those who serve, but also, from the first day of this administration, this president has taken steps to ensure our returning veterans can live the american dream they fought so nobly to defend. in fact, president trump signed legislation to expand the post 9/11 g.i. bill so that veterans can get up to $24,000 to attend the college of their choice at any point in their lives.
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and three months ago, president trump directed the department of education to eliminate every owedpenny of student debt by a permanently disabled veteran. with the stroke of a pen, the president wiped out $750 million owed by more than 25,000 heroes. president'so the leadership, not only are we making education more available, more affordable for our veterans, but our returning veterans are also coming back to an american economy that is booming, and veteran unemployment is at a 19-year low. [applause] v.p. pence: on this veterans day, we honor those who served. like all of you gathered here.
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, andnor you with tributes promises kept. but as our veterans understand better than most, we also honor your service by ensuring that the men and women in our armed forces today have the resources and the support that they need to accomplish their mission and defend this nation, and this we have done. [applause] as they proved just , in a raid that took out the world's number one terrorist leader, do you night it states -- the united states armed forces are the greatest force for good the world has ever known. and i am proud to report to all of the veterans gathered here,
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and those looking on, that from the first day of his administration, president trump has taken action to make the strongest military in the history of the world stronger still. this president has actually signed the largest investment in our national defense since the days of ronald reagan, including the largest pay raise for our armed forces in more than 10 years. and i will make a promise to all the veterans gathered here. under this president's leadership, our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guard will always have the resources and the support that they need -- so help us god. [applause] v.p. pence: so it is veterans day in america, the day we honor all of you who stepped forward, and answer the call to defend this nation at home and abroad.
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us,came from the rest of but we know you are the best of us. day,n this day and every we honor your courage, your patriotism, and what you have done for us. armor. on the you stood in the gap. freedom.ded our you counted our lives more important than your own. you stood for a cause greater than yourselves. nine years ago this month, a 21-year-old marine was serving our country in a in a stamp. -- in afghanistan. history records he was on top of a house with his fellow marine, looking out at a village around him, when all of a sudden an insurgent through a grenade on the roof, and without a moments
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hesitation, he threw himself on the grenade and absorbed the impact of the blast. injuries.d terrible every part of his body that was not protected was injured -- lung.neck, thigh, foot, but somehow, he survived. treated, he being went into cardiac arrest three times. he has undergone more than 70 procedures during 40 separate surgeries. him knowe who know slowed himad not down. today, he is a published author, popular speaker, a marathon runner. and his faith in god and his patriotism has been an inspiration to millions. him thatmise you and
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the american people will never forget or fail to honor the service of the youngest living recipient of the medal of honor, corporal kyle carpenter. what a great american. [applause] v.p. pence: i mentioned kyle because of his heroism, because of what he said not long ago. life.te a memoir of his when told a story of the day he got into an uber on his way to an airport -- he started chatting with the driver. he said they talked about their lives. he shared that they had been
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through, serving our country. and as the conversation wound down, as it does for so many of you veterans, the driver turned and looked at him and said those words that he often hears. thank you for your service. , corporalt moment gave a reply that surprised even him. he looked at the driver after he said,those words, and he -- "you're worth is." -- it." as he wrote later, he wondered to himself, why did i say that? then he realized, in his words, in that moment i wanted him to know that his family, his
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rights, the simple fact that he was a human being men that he was worth sacrificing for, and that is what i have come to realize, serving in the military means. [applause] v.p. pence: it was a small moment, but with a big meaning. sentence, the lance corporal captured the spirit of every veteran. in the face is sitting before me as i recited those words -- in the gentle nonce of so many -- that so many of you just gave. when you put on the uniform of , you said, "wees
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," that our freedom is worth it, and america is worth it. of on this day on behalf your president and a grateful nation, thank you. considering us worthy of your all, in service of this country. [applause] v.p. pence: so, it is veterans day in america. to my fellow americans who did not serve in uniform, i have a
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challenge for you today. american whovery did not follow a calling into ,ervice, before the day is out whether at home or at work, on the street corner, over a backyard fence, find a veteran. whether they came home the last week or in the last century, extend your hand and say those words that they never asked to hear, but they deserve to hear every day. , and say,eran today "thank you for your service." every single one of you deserve to hear it every day. the honor of addressing you in this special place. god bless our veterans and their families. god bless our fallen.
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god bless the men and women who serve in the armed forces of the united states today. and may god continue to bless the united states of america with heroes like all of you. thank you. [applause] >> four more years! [cheers and whistling] ladies and gentlemen, please stand and join the united states army band, pershing's own, and singing "god bless america."
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♪ ♪ >> ♪ god bless america land that i love stand beside her and guide her fighthe with a light from above from the mountain to the prairie to the ocean white with foam god bless america , sweet home americas home ♪ sweet [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please remain standing as we retire the colors. youre place your hand over heart, or render a hand salute. >> retire the colors! ♪ ♪
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[applause] >> this concludes the 2019 national veterans day observance. please be seated for the departure of the vice president of the united states and the official party. thank you for joining us today as we celebrate and honor all those who served.
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>> a look stay. the warren county career center. he tweeted, thanks to all of you for your service and sacrifice. lori trahan hannah began with a service for veterans in concorde's sleepy hollow cemetery. participated in an official flag retirement ceremony. delegaten islands , they out that before fought in world war i. president trump was in new york
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city the veterans day parade. we will show his remarks again here on c-span, at 8:00 eastern, followed by vice president mike pence, with veterans secretary robert wilkie at arlington national cemetery. online watch the events at c-span.org. the house intelligence committee holds the first public impeachment hearings. the committee will hear from three state department officials. starting on wednesday at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span three. the deputy assistant secretary of kent will testify. on friday at 11:00 a.m. eastern on c-span two, the former u.s. ambassador to ukraine will appear before the committee. the head of the hearings, read witness testimony from a deposition. find the transcripts at c-span.org/impeachment.
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on this veterans day, we are focusing on issues facing the nation's veterans. next, we look at how to better protect veterans from being targeted by scams. witnesses included a volunteer who works with elder veterans, a former servicemember who fell victim to a scam, a mississippi district attorney, and u.s. postal inspection service inspector. steps congressat can take to prevent it. sen. collins: this hearing will

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