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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. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty.
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 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. Photo: Jim Watson-Pool/Getty Images

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The annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City was back with fanfare on Thursday, after last year's festivities were scaled back due to the pandemic.

The big picture: The 95th annual parade featured new floats, marching bands, music stars, Santa and others, who made their way through the 2.5-mile route lined with cheering crowds. Last year's parade route was reduced to just one largely spectator-less block.

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Vaccination rates are going up, people are going out to restaurants again — although the new COVID variant may get in the way — but they still aren't rushing back to the movies.

By the numbers: Some 49% of pre-pandemic moviegoers are no longer hitting theaters, according to a study from the film research company The Quorum, as reported by the New York Times.

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European countries are doubling down on pressure campaigns to get people vaccinated just as Republicans continue to wage war — often successfully — against vaccine mandates in the U.S.

Why it matters: The starkly different approaches create a sharp contrast between the regions' approaches to vaccination, even as the Omicron variant rapidly spreads around the world.