Obama Lays Wreath At Arlington National Cemetery

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Robert Siegel describes President Obama's appearance at Arlington National Cemetery.


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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