Marine Corps veteran Jim Brown, 83, (right) who served in Vietnam and Korea helps D-Day Veteran Howard Mills, 91, to the stage for special recognition during a Veteran's Day ceremony organized by Forever Young Senior Veteran Wish at Collierville Town Square in Collierville, Tenn. Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Jim Weber)
PHILADELPHIA — Across the nation Americans will honor the sacrifices and service of armed forces veterans with parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, monument dedications and other events. Here are some of the activities scheduled for Monday:
President Barack Obama planned to attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Obama said in his Veterans Day proclamation that the country's obligations to those who have served "endure long after the battle ends." He said their courage, self-sacrifice and devotion represent the American character at its best and he encouraged everyone to honor every service member who has ever worn the country's uniforms.
The District of Columbia will honor two of the original Tuskegee Airmen with the Congressional Gold Medal for Veterans Day.
Washington Mayor Vincent Gray and congressional delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton will lay a wreath at the African American Civil War Memorial. A commemoration will follow for two Tuskegee Airmen who are D.C. residents at the African American Civil War Museum.
The U.S. military's first female four-star general will be a grand marshal at New York City's Veterans Day Parade.
Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody retired last year after a 37-year Army career.
Organizers of the parade up Fifth Avenue have renamed it America's Parade.
The commemoration will include a wreath-laying ceremony at the Eternal Light Monument in Madison Square Park. ...more
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