Bush Honors Fallen at Arlington National Cemetery
ALEX CHADWICK, host:
This is DAY TO DAY. I'm Alex Chadwick.
Across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, today, President Bush laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. This is one of the most solemn national traditions of Memorial Day, when Americans honor the war dead. The president spoke shortly after the ceremony.
President GEORGE W. BUSH: In our national cemetery, we receive the fallen in sorrow and we taken them to an honored place to rest. Looking across this field, we see the scale of heroism and sacrifice. All who are buried here understood their duty, all stood to protect America and all carried with them memories of a family that they hoped to keep safe by their sacrifice. At a distance, their headstones look alike, yet every son or daughter, mom or dad who visits will always look first at one.
CHADWICK: More than 1,600 American servicemen and women have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The president acknowledged that today's holiday is particularly poignant for their families.
Pres. BUSH: For those who've lost loved ones in Afghanistan and Iraq, today's a day of last letters and fresh tears. Because of the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, two terror regimes are gone forever, freedom is on the march and America is more secure.
(Soundbite of cheering and applause)
CHADWICK: President Bush, speaking today at Arlington National Cemetery.
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