By AUDREY McAVOY
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden thanked U.S. servicemen in Hawaii for being among what he called "the greatest generation of warriors that the world has ever produced."
The vice president told 1,200 Marines and sailors at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Thursday that they were "the best America has."
He thanked the men and women for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan, and said their presence in the Pacific helped provide an environment of stability and growth in the region.
He noted 2.8 million Americans have joined the military since 2001 knowing they would likely be sent into harm's way.
Biden is stopping in Hawaii on his way home to the East Coast after a weeklong visit to China, Mongolia and Japan. He arrived in Hawaii on Wednesday.