Obama Lays Wreath At Arlington National Cemetery
ROBERT SIEGEL, host:
After President Obama spoke this morning about North Korea, he headed to Arlington National Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day ceremony.
President BARACK OBAMA: A quarter of a million marble headstones dot these rolling hills in perfect military order, worthy of the dignity of those who rest here. It can seem overwhelming for the families of the fallen: Just one stone stands up. One stone that requires no map to find.
SIEGEL: President Obama pointed out section 60 where the dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried and he struck a personal note.
Pres. OBAMA: My grandfather served in Patton's army in World War II. But I cannot know what it is like to walk into battle. I'm the father of two young girls, but I can't imagine what it's like to lose a child.
(Soundbite of song, "Taps")
SIEGEL: The president called on all Americans to observe a moment of silence, ring a bell or offer a prayer at 3 o'clock this afternoon.