Arlington National Cemetery Speech by Obama Calls for Honoring of Fallen Heroes
President Barack Obama, in his speech at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, called for the nation to honor its fallen heroes, The Huffington Post reports. "Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice. And we must," Obama said.
Meanwhile, U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan paused briefly to remember fallen soldiers during Memorial Day services. Some troops prayed while others raised flags. The services recognized the more than 1,400 troops killed in combat in Afghanistan since the war began there nearly a decade ago.
"We reflect on those who have gone before us. We reflect on their service and their sacrifice on behalf of our great nation," The Huffington Post quoted Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, commander of a Marine division in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, as saying. "We should also remember those serving today who embody that same commitment of service and sacrifice. They are committed to something greater than themselves and they muster the physical and moral courage to accomplish extraordinary feats in battle," Craparotta added.
This year’s Memorial Day came just a few months before the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. The National Memorial Day parade, held in Washington, incorporated events commemorating the anniversary and included special guests such as astronaut Buzz Aldrin, actor and veterans advocate Gary Sinise, and Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan.