President Barack Obama speaks in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Nov. 11, 2016.
“Veterans Day often follows a hard-fought political campaign -- an exercise in the free speech and self-government that you fought for,” President Obama said. “It often lays bare disagreements across our nation. But the American instinct has been to find isolation in opposite corners, it is to find strength in our common creed, to forge unity from our great diversity, to sustain that strength and unity even when it is hard. And when the election is over, as we search for ways to come together, to reconnect with one another and with the principles that are more enduring than transitory politics, some of our best examples are the men and women we salute on Veterans Day.
“Whenever the world makes you cynical, whenever you seek true humility and selflessness, look to a veteran.”