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Obama pays tribute to 107-year-old WWII veteran

By Stacy A. Anderson

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:39 p.m. HST, Nov 11, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. >>  President Barack Obama paid tribute today to those who have served in the nation's military, including one of the nation's oldest veterans, 107-year-old Richard Overton.

"This is the life of one American veteran, living proud and strong in the land he helped keep free," Obama said during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Overton rose slowly and stood to loud applause when Obama mentioned his name, then stood a second time at the president's request and drew more applause.

He was among hundreds attending the outdoor ceremony on a crisp, sunny Veteran's Day. Earlier Monday, Overton and other veterans attended a breakfast at the White House.

Obama used his remarks to remind the nation that thousands of service members are still at war in Afghanistan. The war is expected to formally conclude at the end of next year, though the U.S. may keep a small footprint in the country.

Soon, "the longest war in America's history will end," Obama declared.

As the 12-year-old war draws down, Obama said the nation has a responsibility to ensure that the returning troops are the "best cared-for and best respected veterans in the world." The country's obligations to those who served "endure long after the battle ends," he said.

As president, Obama said he wanted to see the "best cared-for and best respected veterans in the world."

Obama also noted that it has now been 60 years since the end of the fighting in Korea.

"We join as one people to honor a debt we cannot fully repay," he said.

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allie wrote:
WWII when all had to sacrifice! Shared sacrifice. Not like today when most pay nothing for the wars Israel and Saudi Arabia force on America. Restart the draft and make everyone serve. Not just the poor. And see how fast our wars disappear!
on November 11,2013 | 09:43AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
He then told the old vet, "You can keep your insurance plan if you like it."
on November 11,2013 | 09:53AM
serious wrote:
He' black, sure he's on welfare, the government will take care of him.
on November 11,2013 | 11:32AM
GorillaSmith wrote:
The man is 107 years old! Do you expect him to still be punching a clock? Come on, Obama is a circus clown but honoring a man like Mr. Overton is way above politics.
on November 11,2013 | 01:38PM
allie wrote:
on November 11,2013 | 01:54PM
HD36 wrote:
The only debt we cannot fully repay is the National Debt of $17 trillion and over $75 trillion in unfunded liabilities.
on November 11,2013 | 02:10PM
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