President Obama plans to commemorate Veterans Day on Friday by spending some time with service members, in Washington and in California, as well as among the graves of those who have perished in war.


President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, where he declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end. (Evan Vucci/AP)

In the past, Obama has used the visit to walk among the graves in the section at Arlington where those killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are buried.

This will be the president’s last Veterans Day as commander-in-chief with U.S. troops in Iraq.

Afterward, Obama will head to San Diego, where he will attend the Carrier Classic, a men’s college basketball game held aboard the U.S.S. Carl Vincennes. The game features the University of North Carolina against Michigan State University, perennial powers from swing states.

The California trip is effectively the first leg of a nine-day Asia trip, which will begin with the annual APEC summit meeting, to be held this year in Honolulu, Hawaii, and include visits to Australia and Indonesia.

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