U.S. President Barack Obama stands before the Tomb of the Unknowns with Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington during the Presidential Wreath-Laying Ceremony on Veteran's Day at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Lexey Swall/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has paid tribute at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to "the heroes over the generations who have served this country of ours with distinction."
He says the wreath he laid at Tomb of the Unknowns Sunday is intended to "remember every service member who has ever worn our nation's uniform."
Obama said in a speech at the cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater that America will never forget the sacrifice made by its veterans and their families. He spoke of the Sept. 11 generation, saying they've "written one of the greatest chapters" in the country's military service, toppling dictator and battling an insurgency in Iraq, pushing back the Taliban in Afghanistan and decimating al-Qaida's leadership.
He also says that "no ceremony or parade, no hug or handshake is enough to truly honor that service." Obama says the country must commit every day "to serving you as well as you've served us."