Honoring Veterans Day 2013

Today, a nation gives thanks to its men and women in uniform, thanking them for their service and paying respects to those who have since passed on.

President Obama took part in the traditional laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery earlier today, emphasizing the need to honor veterans even when they’ve put their uniforms aside:

"As a nation, we make sure we have the best-led, best-trained, best-equipped military in the world.  We have to devote just as much energy and passion to making sure we have the best-cared for, best-treated, best-respected veterans in the world."

We have a whole suite of Veterans Day coverage, from the nation’s oldest veteran, the efforts of one Iraq War veteran’s mission to heal to the bond between a World War II veteran and his granddaughter.

And you can read through hundreds of heartfelt tributes to California’s war dead here.

Photos: Mark Wilson / AFP/Getty Images, J. David Ake / Associated Press

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