President Obama to honor fallen warriors on Memorial Day
President Barack Obama will pay tribute to the American fallen warriors on Memorial Day, attending a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery and honoring those who died during the Vietnam War. Obama is expected to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C., and then marking the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. In this 2012 election year, Obama touts his work to bring U.S. combat troops home from Iraq, and calm the conflict in Afghanistan. He also often credits the U.S. servicemen who helped in the raid that killed terrorist Osama bin Laden.
With a great number of troops returning home from their service, Obama says the U.S. needs to return the favor. In his weekly radio and Internet address, President Obama said, “We have to serve them and their families as well as they have served us. By making sure that they get the health care and benefits they need; by caring for our wounded warriors and supporting our military families; and by giving veterans the chance to go to college, find a good job and enjoy the freedom that they risked everything to protect.” President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are expected to start the day with a breakfast at the White House for families who have lost loved ones in combat.