Vice President Kamala Harris marked Veterans Day on Friday by hailing the “unshakeable devotion” of men and women in the armed forces, many of whom continue to serve by filling key roles in their communities.
“Even when you returned home and took off your uniform, you continued to serve and to lead in communities across our country,” Ms. Harris said in a rainy ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. “Veterans, after all, are nurses and firefighters, Little League coaches and small-business owners, faith leaders and elected officials, mentors and teachers. Every day, through your life’s work and your example, you make America stronger.”
It is customary for the U.S. president and the secretary of veterans affairs to participate in Veterans Day ceremonies at the hallowed cemetery in Virginia. President Biden was traveling to Egypt and Cambodia on Friday, but acknowledged the holiday in a speech at a U.N. climate summit.
“America’s veterans and their families, survivors and caregivers, are the spine and soul of the United States,” he said.
Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed each year on Nov. 11. It coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which other countries observe to mark the anniversary of World War I’s end.