Nov 11, 2021 - Politics & Policy

In photos: Biden commemorates Veterans Day at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

President Biden laying a wreath at the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11, 2021.
President Biden laying a wreath at the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden honored U.S. veterans on Thursday with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Why it matters: The ceremony commemorated the centennial of the tomb, a historic monument dedicated to unknown fallen service members.

  • Veterans are the "soul of America," Biden said in an address at the ceremony. "But in fulfilling their mission, so many veterans and their families and caregivers have been through hell."
  • "We stand in solemn awe of such fidelity," added Biden, whose son Beau Biden was an Iraq War veteran. "We must not ever forget what exactly was given us, what each of them was willing to put on the line for us."

The big picture: There are roughly 19 million veterans in the U.S., according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Worth noting: The Biden administration announced Thursday new initiatives to address health concerns for veterans exposed to environmental hazards such as Agent Orange.

In photos:
Biden at the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Nov. 11.
Biden at the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley saluting service members during the centennial anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 11, 2021.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley saluting service members during the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Photo: Kenny Holston-Pool/Getty Images
A joint service flyover honoring the centennial anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery  on Nov. 11, 2021.
A joint service flyover honoring the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Photo: Kenny Holston-Pool/Getty Images
U.S. troops marching in World War I uniforms and equipment at the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Nov. 11.
U.S. troops marching in World War I uniforms and equipment at the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Photo: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images
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