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"Today, and every day, let us remember the servicemen and women we have lost, and let us honor them by rededicating ourselves to strengthening our Nation's promise. With love, grace, and reflection, let us honor our fallen fellow Americans, known and unknown, who sacrificed their freedom to ensure our own."
President Barack Obama
President Obama marked his final Memorial Day as commander in chief by visiting Arlington National Cemetery, where placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and addressed several thousand people in the Memorial Amphitheater. Story
Defense Secretary Ash Carter threw open the doors of the Pentagon to more than 350 members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, commonly known as TAPS. Story
In issuing his Memorial Day proclamation, President Barack Obama urged all Americans to observe a National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. local time on May 30. Story
To learn about Memorial Day traditions that honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, check out these videos of events that highlight the true meaning of the day. Blog
"To all of the men and women of the Department of Defense, it is an honor to join you this Memorial Day in solemn remembrance of the long line of patriots who have given everything to the cause of freedom and liberty, and of the Gold Star families to whom we owe a debt that can never be repaid."
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