Obama Lays Wreath At Arlington National Cemetery

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Robert Siegel describes President Obama's appearance 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.

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