Hundreds gathered, from tourists to Cabinet members, to watch the solemn Veterans Day moment.
Cheney took hold of a wreath dotted with flowers and a ribbon of red, white and blue. He placed the wreath on its stand and held the ribbon quietly for a few moments. He then stepped back, and a bugler played Taps.
President Bush was to speak at the rededication ceremony of the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum in New York.