U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visit Arlington National Cemetery to mark Veterans Day where they attend a somber wreath-laying ceremony. It is Trump's first official appearance four days after media projections showed him losing the US election to Democratic rival Joe Biden.
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Veterans Day is commemorated each year on Nov. 11, a tradition that began when World War I ended on that day in 1918 with Germany’s surrender.
The day honors anyone who has served in the U.S. armed forces and in a typical year is marked by ceremonies, military bands and parades across the country. However, this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, many events have been canceled and others have been scaled back or switched to a virtual format.
Parades have been called off in cities such as Orlando, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and San Antonio, Texas.
The National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery will not be open to the public but will be livestreamed from the Tomb of the Unknowns, which honors U.S. service members killed in battle whose remains have not been identified.
Virtual commemorations will also take place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.