President Bush marked Veterans Day at a Manhattan pier that is home to the World War II aircraft carrier Intrepid, praising veterans past and present who have defended U.S. liberty.

Noting that this will be his last Veterans Day as president, Bush said Tuesday that he will miss being commander-in-chief of "such a fabulous group of men and women."

Bush spoke in New York at the rededication of the USS Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum, centered on the storied fighting ship that was reborn as a popular Manhattan museum.

Before the speech, Bush told reporters he has been inspired by veterans, particularly his father, a World War II pilot.