President, Other Washington Leaders Commemorate Veterans Day

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Vice President Dick Cheney marked Veterans Day with a solemn tradition, laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery, and President Bush took the stage at an Army depot in Pennsylvania, defending his decision to go to war in Iraq.

"We will confront this mortal danger to all humanity. We will not tire or rest until the War on Terror is won."

And Mr. Bush fired back at his critics who claim his administration manipulated intelligence to justify the war.

"These baseless attacks send the wrong signal to our troops and to an enemy that is questioning America's will."

At the Vietnam Memorial, veterans of that war not only argue they should have never been there, but they say the U.S. soldiers on the frontline in Iraq have no business being there."

Bill Henning, a Vietnam veteran, says, "I think it's gonna turn into another Vietnam, that's my opinion, but I definitely support the troops."

It's an emotional day for veterans of all wars.

Charles Richardson, a World War II veteran, says, "I think about the people that didn't come back."

The nation pauses to say thank you.

Steve Shear, a Vietnam veteran, says, "I just feel I get so much respect today being a vet."

It’s respect well deserved.