Veterans remembered with tears and tributes

by Brian Mooar
NBC News

At the Vietnam Memorial in Washington Sunday, a somber observance of Veterans Day 2007, combined with celebration for the 25th anniversary of a wall that's become a national touchstone.

Once misunderstood and maligned like the veterans it honors, it was and today remains a place of healing.

Former Army nurse Edie Meeks spoke at Sunday's observance.

"I'm so proud I served in Vietnam," said Meeks.

Retired General Colin Powell, a Vietnam vet, delivered the keynote address.

Powell said, "How could this gravestone, come to occupy such an honored place in America's collective heart?"

In Texas, President Bush comforted families who lost loved ones in Iraq.

The President said, "May Gd bless and keep all who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  May God bless and keep our brave and honored veterans."

Vice President Cheney laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.

"They've kept us free in the land call home," said Cheney.

It was another Veterans Day for a nation at war, and paying tribute to those who've served and those still in harm's way.