Veterans Day is celebrated around the country with wreath layings and parades. Jennifer Davis reports.
**~ From public ceremonies....to private moments. with moments of silence....and soaring music.... the country paused Tuesday to honor the nation's veterans. SOUNDBITE: VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN SAYING: "Collectively you represent generations of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and coastguardmen who have served and sacrificed for all of us. You are not only the heart and soul but you are the very spine of this nation." The Vice President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, officials from the national monuments were at the World War II memorial to welcome veterans, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke at the Vietnam War memorial. SOUNDBITE: DEFENSE SECRETARY CHUCK HAGEL SAYING: "On Veteran's Day and every day let's celebrate our troops, veterans and families by telling their stories. Stories that inspire us all, generation after generation after generation so that others can understand what these men and women have done for our country." New York City held the largest Veteran's Day parade in the country with more than 25,000 marchers honoring the more than 23 million surviving veterans who have served this country. And in DC they are gearing up for a true celebration with sound checks for the Concert for Valor. Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and many other performers will take the stage for what could be the largest gathering on the National Mall in years.