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President Obama Honors 107-Year-Old World War II Veteran

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(CBS) - Ceremonies across the country have been going on all day.

And in the Nation's Capitol, the President hosted a Veterans Day breakfast at the White House for those who have served in the military and their family members.

At Arlington National Cemetary, the President paid tribute to veterans around the nation by laying a wreath at the tomb of the unknown solider.

He also paid tribute to the oldest known World War II veteran , 107-year-old Richard Overton.

Overtan served in an all black army unit at Pearl Harbor, Okinawa and Iwo-Jima.

The President said when Mr. Overton came home to Texas after the war, he faced a nation divided by race and did not always receive the respect he deserved.

"Richard Overton, this American veteran, is 107-years-old and we are honored that he's here with us today. So let's ask Richard to stand again," said President Obama.

Mr. Overton received two standing ovations.

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