Veteran’s Day 2016

History of Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.

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.Veterans Day 11.11.13

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.


United States Department of Veterans Affairs

 Women Veterans Hotline1-855-VA-WOMEN (829-6636)

History of Veterans Day 

National Resource Directory  –

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November 11, 2016
11:00 AM ET
Veterans Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, VA


Buffalo Soldier – 150th Anniversary

Buffalo Soldiers
Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army, formed on September 21, 1866 at Fort LeavenworthKansas. This nickname was given to the “Negro Cavalry” by the Native American tribes they fought in the Indian Wars. The term eventually became synonymous with all of the African American regiments formed in 1866:

Although several African American regiments were raised during the Civil War as part of the Union Army (including the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry and the many United States Colored Troops Regiments), the “Buffalo Soldiers” were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army. On September 6, 2005, Mark Matthews, who was the oldest living Buffalo Soldier, died at the age of 111. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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2016 Commander-In-Chief Forum

Commander-in-Chief Forum

For the first time in history, both major party Presidential nominees will take the stage in New York City for a forum focusing on national security, military affairs, and veterans issues. Hosted by IAVA, and broadcast in primetime by NBC and MSNBC, this forum will allow an audience of primarily servicemembers, veterans and military family members to ask questions of both candidates on the issues most important to our community. Learn more about how you can be involved!

IAVA has been advocating for a Commander in Chief forum since 2015 when the field was crowded and the primaries were far from settled. Too often, veterans and members of the military serve as props in political campaigns of all stripes, while our issues get shallow, boilerplate answers and pundits and partisans drive the debate. This changes now. We are proud to lead and set a new precedent with the first Presidential candidate conversation exclusively on veteran and military issues in any recent election cycle.

“IAVA is proud to lead this historic event for our veterans community and all Americans,” said Paul Rieckhoff, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IAVA. “On the cusp of the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, New York is a fitting stage to give voice to American veterans and service members that are all too often shut out of our political debate. IAVA members world-wide, 93% of whom say they’ll be voting in November, and many deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan right now, are ready to hear from the candidates and hold them accountable. IAVA is honored to join with NBC on this significant event that will ensure that America’s next Commander-in-Chief, at least for one night, addresses our nation’s moral obligation to support and empower its 22 million veterans, our servicemembers and our military families.”

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Hillary Clinton 

Donald Trump 

2016 Commander-in-Chief Forum
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
8:00 PM ET
New York City, New York
Hosted by IAVA MSNBC

Live Stream: NBC and MSNBC


Vote Forward

US Army Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Kettles – Medal of Honor Recipient

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

Members of all branches of the armed forces are eligible to receive the medal, and there are three versions; one for the Army, one for the Air Force, and one for the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The Medal of Honor is bestowed upon an individual by the passing of a Joint Resolution in the Congress; and is then personally presented to the recipient or, in the case of posthumous awards, to next of kin, by the President of the United States, on behalf of the Congress, representing and recognizing the gratitude of the American people as a whole.

Medal of Honor

On July 18, 2016, President Barack Obama will award U.S.  Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles,  the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Kettles will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as a Flight Commander assigned to 176th Aviation Company (Airmobile) (Light), 14th Combat Aviation Battalion, Americal Division. Then-Major Kettles distinguished himself in combat operations near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, on May 15, 1967.  He led a platoon of UH-1Ds to provide support to the 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, during an ambush by a battalion-sized enemy force.  After leading several trips to the hot landing zone and evacuating the wounded, he returned, without additional aerial support, to rescue a squad-sized element of stranded soldiers pinned down by enemy fire.  He is credited with saving the lives of 40 soldiers and four of his own crew members.

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July 18, 2016
President Barack Obama awards U.S.  Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Charles Kettles
the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry
East Room



Pres Obama travels to NATO Summit Warsaw & Spain

NATO Varsovie 2016

NATO Summit Warsaw 2016

The NATO Summit of Heads of State and Government in Warsaw, Poland will be held on 08–09 July 2016. The meetings will be chaired by the NATO Secretary General.

This first media advisory is intended to provide information about accreditation, visa, accommodation arrangements for media representatives. A second media advisory released closer to the event will provide information on a broader array of media-related topics.

The meetings will take place at the Warsaw National Stadium (al. Księcia J. Poniatowskiego 1, 03-901 Warsaw – Poland). The Media Centre will be collocated with the Summit venue and will be open from Thursday 7 July until Sunday 10 July. More details regarding the opening hours will be provided at a later stage.

For more:

NATO Summit Agenda



NATO Summit Warsaw 2016

Summit Schedule
Summit Livestream



NATO Summit 2016
8–9 July
Warsaw, Poland

Spain - Poland Map

June 06, 2016

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel to Poland and Spain

The President will travel to Warsaw, Poland, and Spain July 7-11. From July 7-9, the President will attend the 2016 NATO Summit, his fifth and final Summit with NATO leaders. The meeting will afford an opportunity to underscore Alliance solidarity, to advance efforts to bolster security to NATO’s east and south, and to project stability through new partnerships beyond the North Atlantic area. The President will hold a bilateral meeting with the Polish President to discuss U.S.-Polish relations, reaffirm the American commitment to Poland’s security, and exchange views on the broader security environment in Europe. While in Warsaw, the President will also meet with the Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission to discuss U.S.-EU cooperation across a range of shared priorities, including countering terrorism, fostering economic growth and prosperity, and addressing the global refugee crisis. Following the visit to Poland, the President will travel to Spain from July 9-11. The visit to Spain, an important NATO Ally, will highlight robust security cooperation, a strong political and economic relationship, and longstanding people-to-people ties. The President’s agenda in Spain will include meetings with His Majesty the King of Spain and the Acting President of Spain.

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President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

Thursday, July 7

President Obama travels to Warsaw, Poland

President Obama arrives in Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Chopin Airport, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama delivers a statement on the fatal shootings this week in Louisiana and Minnesota.
Warsaw, Poland


Friday, July 8

President Obama meets with employees and family members of the United States Embassy to Warsaw, Poland
Marriot Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama meets with Presidents of European Council and European Commission
Warsaw Marriott, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary Stoltenberg
Warsaw Marriott, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama participates in the official family photo with leaders attending the NATO Summit
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Alliance Council
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama participates in the official family photo with leaders attending the NATO Summit
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit working dinner
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama overnights in Warsaw
Warsaw Marriot, Warsaw, Poland


Saturday, July 9

President Obama attends North Atlantic Treaty Organization Summit on Afghanistan
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on the NATO Alliance Council
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama attends a meeting on NATO Ukraine Commission
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama holds a press conference
Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland

President Obama travels to Madrid, Spain

President Obama overnights in Madrid, Spain


Sunday,  July 10

President Obama is greeted by Spanish King Felipe VI  and Queen Letizia in an official arrival ceremony
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with Spanish King Felipe VI
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama and Spanish King Felipe VI hold a joint press conference
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama and meets with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy
The Royal Palace, Madrid, Spain

President Obama meets with employees and family members
United States Embassy to Madrid, Spain

President Obama visits the U.S. military service-members
Naval Station Rota, Spain

President Obama departs Spain to return to the White House






Independence Day – 240th Anniversary


July 4, 1776, the United States Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain were now independent states. Written primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

We celebrate the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the beginning of American democracy.


7/2/16 .Weekly Address: Serving our Military Families This Fourth of July.


Freedom is not Free

On Independence Day, We Remember that “Freedom is Not Free”

The President and First Lady will commemorate this Independence Day with the company of service members, veterans, and their families.

For the past seven years, President Obama and his family have celebrated the Fourth of July with members of the armed forces, veterans, and their families. This year, the United Service Organizations (USO) – a partner of the Joining Forces Initiative – is observing its 75th anniversary across 180 locations around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, and of course at the White House.

The USO will host a special program on the South Lawn featuring remarks from the President, performances by Grammy-award winning musical guests, and a dazzling fireworks display. You can tune in to share the fun at

In honor of Independence Day and those who fight to keep our nation safe, let’s take a look back at a few moments this Administration has celebrated with the USO and our service members.

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6:45 PM EDT: A Fourth of July Celebration at the White House with the President and First Lady
8:00 PM EDT: USO Concert
8:30 PM EDT President Obama delivers remarks at a Fourth of July Celebration
9:00 PM EDT: National  Capitol fireworks display

Live Stream:

White House App.

American Revolutionary War


Happy July 4th America



PBO @ USAFA & FLOTUS Michelle @ CCNY Commencements 2016

President Obama to speak at Academy graduation June 2
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

April 14, 2016  U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo.

The White House confirmed April 14 that President Barack Obama is scheduled to be the commencement speaker for the Air Force Academy’s Class of 2016 graduation ceremony, June 2 at Falcon Stadium.

The visit will be Obama’s second visit to the Academy as president. He was the commencement speaker for the Class of 2012’s graduation ceremony.

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US Air Force Academy Class of 2016
President Obama – Commencement Speaker
Thursday, 2 June 2016 @ 12:00 PM ET
Falcon Stadium, USAFA, COCommencement


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First Lady Michelle Obama addresses City College of New York Class of 2016

April 4, 2016

First Lady Michelle Obama will deliver the commencement address during the 170thCommencement Ceremony at The City College of New York on Friday, June 3, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. on the South Campus Great Lawn on the CCNY campus in historic Harlem, where more than 3,000 students make up the Class of 2016.

The City College of New York is the first public higher education institution in New York City and has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation. Established as a free institution dedicated to overcoming barriers to advancement, CCNY continues its mission of access to excellence and keeping tuition affordable.

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The City College of New York’s Commencement 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama – Commencement Speaker
Friday, June 3rd @ 10:30 PM ET
City College South Campus Great Lawn, New York, New York


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