Cheney to vets: ‘We will prevail’

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “They are deployed on many fronts in the War on Terror, tracking the enemies of freedom, holding them to account,” Cheney said of Americans fighting overseas. Also at the ceremony were Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson and Thomas Bock, national commander for The American Legion, which represents 2.7 million veterans worldwide. At the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the crowd that “this is an intense moment for me personally, because like so may of you, this wall has names on it that are deeply personal.” Pace, a Marine lieutenant during the Vietnam War who became chairman of the Joint Chiefs on Sept. 30, recalled the Marines who followed him into combat and died for their country. “To have this moment with so many of you to publicly name them and say thank you to them and their families is a great gift to me personally,” he said. “I still owe them more than I can ever pay. But it is my honor to try.” ARLINGTON, Va. – U.S. servicemen and -women are “tracking the enemies of freedom” in the War on Terror and bringing them to justice, Vice President Dick Cheney said Friday at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Cheney laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and told a crowd at the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater that U.S. forces have taken down two dictatorships and liberated 50 million people, an apparent reference to Iraq and Afghanistan. “Difficult missions are still to come, and we cannot know every turn that lies ahead. Yet we can be certain that by the resolve of our country, by the rightness of our cause and by the character of our fighting forces, we will prevail,” he said. Cheney was substituting at the event for President George W. Bush, who was giving a speech in Pennsylvania defending the War on Terror and invasion of Iraq. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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