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Obama leads country in celebrating Memorial Day

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is leading the nation in remembering its war heroes, the fallen and those still defending the flag, in a Memorial Day tribute.

The president, just back from a surprise visit with troops in Afghanistan, was joined by first lady Michele Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, on a motorcade ride from the White House to the hallowed graveyard at Arlington National Cemetery.

With troops in formal military dress standing at attention, Obama walked to the site of the Tomb of the Unknowns, under cloudless skies and in brilliant sunshine, listened to the playing of the Star Spangled Banner and Taps and then placed a wreath.

It was a moment of high solemnity on a day for parades, fireworks and picnics across the American landscape.

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Al Saladin May 26 2014 at 11:47 AM

We don't celebrate Memorial Day, we observe it and remember those it is dedicated to.

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sonny May 26 2014 at 11:51 AM

Leads the Nation??? Too funny....

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summerctz May 26 2014 at 11:53 AM

President Barack Obama is leading the nation...nowhere.

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bigcatdaddy May 26 2014 at 12:08 PM

"Obama leads country in celebrating Memorial Day" Celebrate?

Meanwhile vets needing medical treatment hae been ignored.

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allstarcaps May 26 2014 at 11:57 AM

There is a rooster in every barnyard all over the world that likes to stand on his pile of poo and crow!

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JAKE May 26 2014 at 12:11 PM

Hum...must have been a stopover on his way to the mosque.

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Jere May 26 2014 at 12:26 PM

This guy makes me puke. He is such a phony.

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Richard May 26 2014 at 1:14 PM

Six years ago Obama told us if elected preisdent he wowuld immediatly bring all the troops home from Afghanstan. What a joke that was ! Meanwhile, today thousands of our military are bed ridden because Obama refuses to give them the treatment to keep them going. That is the Obama I know. I will never forget him. Never!!!!!!

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mamesq7589 May 26 2014 at 12:05 PM

he does not know the difference ,he celebrates everything with a vacation.

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Al Saladin May 26 2014 at 11:52 AM

To quote Congressman Tom Rooney: "On Memorial Day, we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the United States of America. The freedom, liberty and security we enjoy would not exist without the courageous service of our fallen brothers and sisters in arms. We also take this opportunity to thank our veterans and service members for their willingness to put their lives on the line to defend our country and our way of life.

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BLONDIE & GRUMPY Al Saladin May 26 2014 at 1:17 PM

Remember, most of our Warriors gave "Some" but "Some" gave all!!!

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sredred44 Al Saladin May 27 2014 at 4:39 AM

Our family owes a lot to Tom Rooney, after two years of fighting with the VA for my father's benefits we contacted Congressman Rooney's office. Within a month all the excuses, delays and BS we had been subjected too went away and Dad got his money. Thank you again Congressman Rooney and your concerned staff.

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