Kamala Harris honored US veterans in a ceremony at Arlington Cemetery

Kamala Harris lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Ceremony.

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the vice president kamala harris honored the Veterans Day in a solemn act carried out in the Arlington National Cemeteryn, in Virginia.

Arlington National Cemetery also noted the national ceremony in a statement: “Each year, the United States pauses on November 11 to honor all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans represent the best of our nation. We thank you, we honor you, and we will never forget your service to our great nation.”

Harris told the nation’s veterans that their work makes America stronger, and the administration announced new support for children living with injured service members.

“Every day, through your life’s work and example, you make America stronger,” he told the crowd. “On Veterans Day, we come together to express our deep gratitude for all you have done and continue to do. Veterans represent the best of America,” Harris said.

As President Joe Biden traveled to Egypt for a United Nations climate conference, Vice President Harris laid the wreath at the official ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is dedicated to deceased service members whose remains have not been identified.

Harris said the nation owes soldiers a great debt and the Biden administration was working to provide them with assistance with housing, health care and jobs.

He pointed to First Lady Jill Biden’s work with veterans’ families, saying “while our veterans wore the uniform, they are not the only ones who have served.”

“As Americans, we have a sacred obligation to care for our veterans and our military families,” Harris said. “Meeting that obligation means making sure veterans can access the support and resources they need to thrive.”

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who is a veteran, also participated in the solemn act.

President Joe Biden shared a message for Veterans Day: “Veterans Day is personal to me and my family. Jill and I know how proud it is to see your son wear the uniform of the United States. We know the pain that comes with prolonged deployment. And we stand in awe of our veterans who bear the lasting wounds of war.”

This is the first Veterans Day since Biden signed legislation expanding medical care for service members who were exposed to combustion pits in Iraq and Afghanistan or to chemicals used in previous conflicts.

The legislation, known as the PACT Act, was a priority for Biden. His eldest son, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer in 2015, several years after being exposed to one such combustion pit during military service in Iraq.

With information from The Associated Press

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