Friday, November 11, 2016

On Veterans Day, Obama Urges A Severely Divided Nation To "Respect One Another" (VIDEO)

Today President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. At the solemn ceremony the President thanked the military and those who served for their bravery, service and the debt that all Americans owe them.

The President also used what will be his final Veterans Day speech to deliver a plea for unity and to urge Americans to set aside their grievances both personal and political. He urged people to follow the example of those who fight in our country's wars...

"Veterans Day often follows a hard-fought political campaign, an exercise in the free speech and self government that you fought for," he told veterans after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. "It often lays bare disagreements across our nation. But the American instinct has never been to find isolation in opposite corners. It is to find strength in our common creed. To forge unity from our great diversity, to sustain that strength and unity even when it is hard.

The President went on to say...

"We can never serve our veterans in quite the same way that they served us, but we can try. We can practice kindness.  We can pay it forward.  We can volunteer.  We can serve.  We can respect one another. We can always get each other’s backs. That is what Veterans Day asks all of us to think about."

Watch President Obama's address here...

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After watching this video and hearing the eloquence of this man coupled with his deep and thoughtful oratory I ask you to imagine what this ceremony will look like next year. It does not engender hope.

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