November 11th, 2008
02:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Biden speaks at Veterans Day ceremony

Joe Biden spoke at his home state's Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday.
Joe Biden spoke at his home state's Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday.

NEW CASTLE, Delaware (CNN) – Vice President-elect Joe Biden spoke at his home state’s Veterans Day ceremony Tuesday morning, thanking the veterans present for their service and re-iterating his campaign’s promise to care for those coming back from foreign battlefields “in this war that we ignore in everyday life.”

“We are a nation at war,” said Biden “Sometimes, you would not recognize that because such a small percentage of our population is serving. But as I speak, it is probable that some young American has been felled by a bullet, or a IED, or a bomb or a terrorist attack somewhere in Afghanistan or in Iraq.”

As he regularly did on the campaign trail, Biden praised the National Guard for the role they’ve played in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying the way they have joined in the fight with regular forces is “seamless.”

“I am astounded, I am moved to the point of pride that is hard to explain with the professionalism, the high morale and the unquestioned capability of our military forces now,” said Biden. “Regular in addition to our National Guard and Reserve. You cannot tell the distinction, it’s seamless.” (Biden’s son Beau is a captain in Delaware’s National Guard, deploying to Iraq at the end of the month.)

The future VP noted that post-traumatic stress levels, traumatic brain injury numbers, divorce and suicide rates are higher than in any other war. He added that he feels uncomfortable calling November 11 a holiday, saying it’s more a “holy day” because of the sacred obligation to those making sacrifices "in this war that we ignore in everyday life."

“The only sacred, sacred obligation this nation has is to care for those who we sent to war and prepare them and equip them with the best is available in the world and care for them when they come home,” said Biden. “The homecoming does not end with the homecoming parade.”

At the beginning of his remarks, Biden thanked his introducer for taking note of his new title but said nothing will give him more honor that being a senator from Delaware. He also shared with the crowd that he and his wife Jill will be visiting the Vice President’s residence at the Naval Observatory on Friday, as the Obamas visited the White House Monday.


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  1. Wally©

    I miss Joe...a lot...

    Whenever he speaks...I feel real good...

    November 11, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  2. Vincent, Great Lakes, Illinois

    It's Veterans Day, maybe we all should think about those who served this country when they were called, and in many cases,went when it was not asked of them.

    All we want is a little recognation, that's all. Some of us never got that when we came back but, today is our day. Please put politics aside, if just for a little while.

    November 11, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  3. Camry

    Biden, please be on your best behavior!

    November 11, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Noah

    While I know Joe has a son in Iraq and this day holds significance to him, Joe's own record on foreign policy has been a poor one. He was wrong about the first Iraq war and if all of you Liberals think that this current Iraq war was wrong then he was wrong about that too since he voted for it. You liberals held Joe up during the election cycle as a man with great foreign policy experience. That is true but he has been wrong about most of the major foreign policy issues of the last 25 years

    November 11, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  5. Lynn in NM

    Hmmm. Biden spoke at a Veteran's Day ceremony, but I don't see anything on CNN about Obama speaking. Oh, maybe he thought about it, though.

    November 11, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. Al

    finally some focus on vice-president elect Joe Biden!!!
    there has been so much focus on Palin its getting sickening having to listen to her and watch her
    The real vice president to be SHOULD be the one the media is focusing on and she should darn well have the courtesy to let him have his dues!!!
    Thats all she is as far as I am concerned * A I love my face in the limelight ever day* shes got one big EGO in my opinion!
    where is Hillary when you need her!!!
    lets have some interviews with Joe biden CNN!!!!

    November 11, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. LIP

    What can I say...the guy is his own straight man and jokster, all rolled into one. Obama must have gotten some bad advice when they were pinning the tail on that Donkey. Obama can always say that it was the blindfold that did it to him.

    November 11, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Voted for Obama

    Rich November 11th, 2008 3:14 pm ET wrote:

    Jo Biden needs to get a few more facelifts and smooth out the wrinkles. A wig and some mascara, and he'll be the female VP that everyone thought Hillary should have been

    Geez! This is Veterans Day. Do you have a sympathetic bone in your body. What do these comments have to do with Veterans day.

    November 11, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. jimmy-ohio

    People please,this is a day to honor ALL Americans who have served their country.Can we for one day quit trying to tear each other down?

    November 11, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. The Lady

    You are a true American.

    November 11, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. MG

    What do us veterans have to do to be able to actually observe veterans day in this country? It's not even a holiday for most of us. Why isn't it at least observed like memorial day?

    November 11, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. ANA G. LOS ANGELES. CA

    i love JB!! :0)

    November 11, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. DeVone

    on this day honor the living and the dead who fought fo this country
    and let hve a little faith in what is next to come I read a its a lot
    of what the President Elect can or may do lets live day by day
    and stop thinking negaive if we se no negative be cause
    if we did not hear it from him we shoul not beleave it
    exspecially the he cans becaue he can,
    what iI heard the man said is for the good of America and
    that is what I beleave

    November 11, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Matt

    I think it's more entertaining than arguing with them before the election to listen to all the morons say nasty things about every single thing Obama and Biden say no matter what it is. Despite Biden saying nothign wrong here, we have to listen to people disrespect not only him, but more importantly the veterans he was honoring, just because they haven't learned their lesson about the negativity that has lost the Republican party EVERYTHING. Keep it up for 4 years and we'll hit that magic number 60. You betcha.

    November 11, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Len in Washington

    HEY, FOLKS!!

    TODAY IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS. GOT IT?????

    LEAVE YOUR SNIPPITS AND SNIDE COMMENTS FOR TOMORROW IF YOU MUST BUT FOR TODAY...JUST STOP.

    A BIG THANKS TO ALL MY FELLOW VETS. "WELL DONE!"

    November 11, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. karen raleigh

    Obama/Biden 08 Congrats and we are lucky to have you.

    November 11, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. k

    Who?

    November 11, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  18. Barb, Nevada

    In case anyone has any doubts, Obama made the right decision when he picked Joe for VP. Love this guy, have for years. Way to go, Joe!

    November 11, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  19. Sabuc in Atlanta

    My sincerest thanks to all Veterans!!!

    November 11, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  20. Purnell K3 IL

    I just hope he thinks before he speaks!

    November 11, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  21. ran

    Thanks to all our VETS.

    November 11, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. From Texas

    A big thank you to all my fellow veterrans!

    November 11, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Gretchen

    Gee, I hope he didn't tell anyone to get up. And for his son serving in Iraq - he is a lawyer. We in the military call those guys ticket punchers. An officer who comes and does his time and goes home with War stink on him. Those of us in the field resent a ticket puncher–especially one who is a lawyer.

    November 11, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. Brandon in Indiana

    @Gretchen

    One nation

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all our veterans and active service members today, from the front line fighter to the back line analyst in Washington. I salute you all.

    November 11, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  25. Polly

    I don't agree that we ignore the war in everyday life. Too many local soldiers have been killed for it to escape our minds.

    November 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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