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A day for remembering

"This Veterans Day has special meaning, especially after what happened on Sept. 11."


Director, VA Medical Center at Bay Pines in Seminole

The trench-lined battlefields of Europe. The blood-soaked sand of Omaha Beach. The heroes of Heartbreak Ridge. The dark, wet jungles of Vietnam. The dusty winds of Iraq. The mountain passesof Afghanistan. The casualties. The triumphs. The tears. The pride. The memories. This Veterans Day takes special meaning as Americans once again remember their past in an uncertain present.

DeeDee Niro holds her son, Andrew, 3, during a moment of silence in memory of veterans Monday. Purpose Church, a nondenominational congregation, hosted the ceremony at the Purpose Center on Seven Springs Boulevard in New Port Richey. About 20 to 30 people gathered to pray and sing.

Joe Wirthman, an Army veteran, wipes his eyes as he and other veterans are recognized for their service during a Monday morning Veterans Day ceremony at the District Services Center in Inverness.

Reflected in a tuba is horn player Danielle Lindall of the Citrus High School marching band Monday during the invocation of a Veterans Day ceremony at the District Services Center in Inverness.