May 26 - President Obama marked Memorial Day and the 150th anniversary of the cemetery, by laying a wreath to honor the soldiers buried there since the Civil War. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama marked Memorial Day, Monday (May 26) laying a memorial wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. The president spoke about the cemetery after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. "In times of war, in times of peace, Americans have come here to pay tribute, not only to the loved ones that meant the world to them, but to all our heroes, known and unknown. Here, in perfect military order, lie the patriots, who won our freedom and saved the union. Here, side-by-side, lie the privates and the generals, who defeated fascism and laid the foundation for an American century. Here lie the Americans who fought through Vietnam, and those who won a long 'twilight struggle' against communism. And here, in Section 60, lie men and women, who gave their lives to keep our homeland safe over more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan," President Obama said.