Obama: 'It Falls to Us' to Care for Vets

President hails servicemembers at Arlington

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 11, 2012 12:33 PM CST

(Newser) – Speaking at the final resting spot of thousands of America's servicemembers, President Obama paid tribute to Veterans Day today with a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and a vow to do more to take care of those who have served. "No ceremony or parade, no hug or handshake is enough to truly honor that service," Obama said, adding that a grateful nation must commit "to serving you as well as you've served us."

Obama spoke with an eye on veterans of more recent wars, notes Politico, particularly the September 11th generation, "who stepped forward when the Towers fell, and in the years since have stepped into history, writing one of the greatest chapters in military service our country has ever known." Vowing to tackle a backlog in veterans' benefits, he said, "as they come home, it falls to us, their fellow citizens, to be there for them and their families, not just now but always."

President Obama pays his respect at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery during a Veterans Day ceremony, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. At right, Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington.
President Obama pays his respect at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery during a Veterans Day ceremony, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. At right, Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
President Barack Obama presents a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery during a Veterans Day ceremony, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.
President Barack Obama presents a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery during a Veterans Day ceremony, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Veterans and service members carry the colors, during the annual Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.
Veterans and service members carry the colors, during the annual Veterans Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Barack Obama speaks at the annual Veterans Day commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.
President Barack Obama speaks at the annual Veterans Day commemoration at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Early morning sun lights headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., as the country commemorates Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.
Early morning sun lights headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., as the country commemorates Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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