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Tomb of the Unknown Solider: Obama lays wreath in ceremony honoring US troops


President Barack Obama (L) stands during a moment of silence before placing a commemorative wreath during a ceremony on Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on May 28, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. For Memorial Day President Obama is paying tribute to military veterans past and present who have served and sacrificed their lives for their country.


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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington's Arlington Cemetery was visited by President Obama Monday morning, where he praised the sacrifices of American soldiers after hosting a breakfast honoring Gold Star Families in the State Dining Room, UPI reported

The president and the top members of his defense team paid tribute to the over 6,400 Americans who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as well as earlier conflicts, The Hill reported

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“From the jungles of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan, they stepped forward and answered the call,” Obama told hundreds gathered at Arlington Cemetery, after laying a wreath at the Tomb in the traditional ceremony, ABC News reported. ”They fought for a home they might never return to; they fought for buddies they’ll never forget. While their stories may be separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles, they rest here, together. Side by side, row by row. Because each of them loved this country and everything it stands for more than life itself.”

The Commander in chief's remarks focused on the wars started by former President George W. Bush that Obama wound down during his first term as US President, Reuters reported

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"After a decade under the dark cloud of war, we can see the light of a new day on the horizon," said Obama. "As commander in chief, I can tell you that sending our troops into harm's way is the most wrenching decision that I have to make. I can promise you I will never do so unless it is absolutely necessary and that when we do, we must give our troops a clear mission and the full support of a grateful nation."

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Obama's rival for the White House, is scheduled to make remarks in San Diego with Arizona Senator and former presidential candidate John McCain, a decorated war veteran who lost to Obama in the 2008 elections, CBS News reported

CBS News pointed out that the 2012 US elections mark the first race in modern presidential politics that neither of the two main candidates for president have served in the military. 

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