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Veterans Day Speeches

Year Speaker Host Veterans Service Organization
2011 Barack Obama, President of the United States Military Order of the World Wars
2010 Joe Biden, Vice President of the United States Legion of Valor
2009 Barack Obama, President of the United States Paralyzed Veterans of America
2008 Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States Military Chaplains Association of the USA
2007 Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States Marine Corps League
2006 George W. Bush, President of the United States Military Order of the Purple Heart
2005 Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States The American Legion
2004 George W. Bush, President of the United States Non Commissioned Officers Association
2003 George W. Bush, President of the United States Army & Navy Union
2002 George W. Bush, President of the United States Blinded Veterans Association
2001 Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States AMVETS
2000 William J. Clinton, President of the United States Vietnam Veterans of America
1999 William J. Clinton, President of the United States Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
1998 William J. Clinton, President of the United States Catholic War Veterans
1997 William J. Clinton, President of the United States American Ex-Prisoners of War
1996 William J. Clinton, President of the United States Jewish War Veterans of the USA
1995 William J. Clinton, President of the United States Polish Legion of American Veterans
1994 William J. Clinton, President of the United States Disabled American Veterans
1993 William J. Clinton, President of the United States Congressional Medal of Honor Society
1992 Anthony J. Principi, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Legion of Valor
1991 George Bush, President of the United States Paralyzed Veterans of America
1990 Richard B. Cheney, Secretary of Defense Marine Corps League
1989 Gen. Colin L. Powell, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Veterans of World War I
1988 Ronald Reagan, President of the United States Military Order of the Purple Heart
1987 Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense The American Legion
1986 Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense Blinded Veterans Association
1985 Ronald Reagan, President of the United States AMVETS
1984 Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
1983 Harry N. Walters, Administrator of Veterans Administration Disabled American Veterans
1982 Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense Congressional Medal of Honor Society
1981 Caspar Weinberger, Secretary of Defense Legion of Valor
1980 Max Cleland, Administrator of Veterans Administration Paralyzed Veterans of America
1979 Max Cleland, Administrator of Veterans Administration Marine Corps League
1978 Jimmy Carter, President of the United States Veterans of World War I
1977 Jimmy Carter, President of the United States Military Order of the Purple Heart
1976 Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense The American Legion
1975 Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States AMVETS
1974 Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
1973 Donald E. Johnson, Administrator of Veterans Administration Disabled American Veterans
1972 Donald E. Johnson, Administrator of Veterans Administration Congressional Medal of Honor Society
1971 Spiro Agnew, Vice President of the United States Legion of Valor
1970 Donald E. Johnson, Administrator of Veterans Administration Marine Corps League
1969 David Packard, Deputy Secretary of Defense Military Order of the Purple Heart
1968 Gen. John P. McConnell, Chief of Staff, USAF The American Legion
1967 Paul H. Nitze, Secretary of Defense Veterans of World War I
1966 Gen. Wallace M. Greene, Jr., Commandant, USMC AMVETS
1965 Hubert Humphrey, Vice President of the United States Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
1964 John S. Gleason, Jr., Administrator of Veterans Administration Disabled American Veterans
1963 Gen. David Shoup, USMC Congressional Medal of Honor Society
1962 Robert S. McNamara, Secretary of Defense United Spanish War Veterans
1961 John F. Kennedy, President of the United States Legion of Valor
1960 Gen. Lemuel Shepard, Jr., USMC Marine Corps League
1959 Gen. Albert Wedermayer, U.S. Army, Retired The American Legion
1958 Gen. David Sarnoff, USAR Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
1957 Col. Joe Foss, Governor of South Dakota Disabled American Veterans
1956 James Stewart, USAF Reserve AMVETS
1955 Herbert Hoover, Former President of the United States United Spanish War Veterans
1954 H. E. Talbot, Secretary of the Air Force The American Legion

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