Friday, December 13, 2013
By CHRISTINA HOAG The Associated Press
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Mike Hoover, with American Legion Post 568 in Stevensville, Mich., is framed by a veteran’s arm as he stands at attention Sunday during a Veterans Day Salute.
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Pictures of WWII veterans are carried up New York’s Fifth Avenue during the Veterans Day Parade Sunday. Turnout was sparse. “We are shocked,” said a couple.
"This nation has a special obligation to take care of you," U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter told the crowd.
Several officials also made a note of mentioning Vietnam veterans. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.
One Vietnam vet, 66-year-old Laurence Lynch of New York, said simply, "It's about time. It's about time."
Along a number of blocks of the parade route, just a few dozen spectators were lined along the barricades.
Candice and Jeffrey Stark stood nearly alone on one stretch, waving tiny American flags. "We are shocked," Candice Stark said. "Very disappointed and terribly appalled. Don't get me started!"
GI FILM FESTIVAL DEBUTS
In an event befitting the nation's movie capital, the GI Film Festival Hollywood was launched this weekend in Los Angeles.
Films at the two-day festival highlighted the successes and sacrifices of American military personnel and the worldwide struggle for democracy, said festival co-founder Brandon Millett. Movies must have at least one main character, real or fictitious, who plays a military role with respect. "We wanted to show the courage, the heroism and the sacrifice of men and women in uniform," said Millett.
'WELCOME HOME' EXHIBIT
Chicago's National Veterans Art Museum unveiled its latest exhibit called "Welcome Home" as it celebrated its grand reopening in a new location.
"'Welcome home' is the customary message given to soldiers returning from war," a museum statement said. "After this initial greeting, familiarity dissolves and the traumas of war surface. Veterans set out to relearn the world they left behind, and their family meets a transformed person."
The exhibit is part of a series that examines the ongoing war in Afghanistan and the rising need for mental health care for returning veterans.
The museum has more than 2,500 works of veterans' art.
CASINO ROLLS OUT RED CARPET
Finally, a Las Vegas casino rolled out the red carpet for some 60 injured veterans in a special Veterans Day weekend trip.During the annual "Salute to the Troops" weekend, MGM Resorts is hosting the veterans free at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, and treating them to a variety of attractions and shows during the five-day trip that ends Monday.
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President Obama speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater.