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This Memorial Day a Fox News alert -- remarks from the president at Arlington national cemetery.
But always a man who carries within the memory here.
Friends and fallen heroes from Vietnam.
We're grateful to you.
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Major general Wellington.
Katherine Condon -- served Arlington.
Dedication embracing who will be leaving us.
But we are so grateful for the work that she's done.
For chaplain -- So -- secretary.
All our guests and most of all.
To members of our armed services.
And our veterans.
The families and friends of fallen who we honor today.
From all across the country.
-- come to pay your respects.
I'd say it is always a great honor to spend this Memorial Day would view.
Of the sacred place.
-- we honor our fallen heroes.
Those who we remember problem in our memories.
And those normal way to -- The obvious required fields -- Across that special rich there's a city of monuments dedicated to visionary leaders.
And singular moments in the life -- -- problem.
But is here.
On this hallowed ground.
Where we choose to build a monument to a constant threat.
And the American terror.
The truth that our nation indoors because.
Did it has always been home to men and women who were willing to give -- barrel.
And lay down their lives.
To preserve and protect this land -- we wrong.
-- in the hearts of the very first patriots who.
Diet for democracy -- -- never Norman would never -- They've lived on in the men and women who fought to hold our union to get.
And in those who fought and defended -- From the beaches of Europe to the mountains and jungles.
Of -- This year and as we mark the sixtieth anniversary of the end of fighting in Korea.
We offer a special salute.
All those who serve and gave their lives and the Korean War.
And over the last decade.
We've seen the character of our country again.
In the nearly 7000 Americans who made.
The ultimate sacrifice on battlefields and city streets half a world away.
-- last Memorial Day I stood here and spoke about how.
For the first time in nine years Americans were no longer -- fighting and dying in Iraq.
Today a transition is under way in Afghanistan.
And our troops.
Are coming home.
Are making the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan.
And that's progress for which we are profoundly grateful.
This time next year we will mark the final memorial day of our war in Afghanistan.
And so as I said last week America stands at a crossroads.
But even as we -- turn a page.
On a decade of conflict.
-- -- as we look forward.
Let us never forget as we gather here today.
But our nation is still at war.
There should be so forever.
And generations pass it was.
During World War II millions of Americans contributed to the war effort.
Soldiers like my own grandfather.
Women like my grandmother worked the assembly lines.
During Vietnam War just about everybody knew somebody.
The -- A friend who served in harm's way.
Today it's different.
Perhaps it's a tribute to our remarkable all volunteer force made up -- men and women.
Who stepped forward to serve and do so with -- extraordinary skill and valor.
Perhaps it's a testament to our advanced technologies which.
Allow smaller numbers of troops to wield greater and greater power but regardless of the reason this truth cannot be ignored that today.
Are not directly touched by war.
As a consequence.
Not all Americans.
May always see you more fully grasp the depth.
Calls that are made in our name.
As we speak.
And our military families.
Understand this and they mentioned to me they're concerned about whether the comfort fully appreciates what's happening.
I think about a letter -- received from a naval.
Officer or -- reservists -- just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan and he wrote me.
I'm concerned that our war in Afghanistan is fading from memory.
They want to ask that we do more to keep this conflict alive and focused in the hearts and minds of our own people.
In his right.
As we gather here today at this very moment more than 60000.
Of our fellow Americans still serve.
Far from home in Afghanistan.
They're still going out on patrol.
Still living in Spartan forward operating basis.
Still risking their lives to carry out -- mission.
And when they give their lives.
They're still being laid to rest in cemeteries -- required quarters across our country including here in Arlington.
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Had a smile -- -- -- -- room and the love of country the letter to West Point.
And after graduation -- became a black hawk pilot.
And married a former Blackhawk pilot.
She was just -- -- seven years old when she and four other soldiers were killed.
And helicopter crashed during a training mission near -- -- This past April.
-- -- laid to rest here.
In section sixty.
Today -- remembered by her mother.
He says she's proud.
Of her daughter's life.
Proud of her -- and proud of her service to work on.
Staff sergeant frank -- develops.
Came from a military family and -- was as tough as they come.
The combat medic Frankie was on patrol in Afghanistan three weeks ago.
When his vehicle was hit by roadside bomb.
He was so humble that his parents never knew how many lives he had saved.
I'm so soldiers started showing up at his funeral from thousands of miles away.
Last week Frankie was laid to rest just a few rows over.
Staff sergeant Eric Christian was a born leader and a member of the Marine Corps special operating command.
American served five tours of duty.
But kept going back because he felt responsible for his teammates and was determined to finish the mission.
On May fourth third gave his life after escorting a high ranking US official to meet.
-- Afghan leaders.
Later his family got a letter from a marine who -- served two tours -- there.
-- -- -- -- -- There were people who measure their success based on how many enemies they killed or how many missions they led.
-- conference -- Erik based his success on how many of his friends he brought home.
And he brought home many.
-- was laid to rest you're borrowing from.
Just six days ago.
So today we -- -- their service.
Today just steps from where these brave Americans live in eternal peace.
We declare as a proud and grateful nation for their sacrifice will never be forgotten.
And just as we honor them we -- -- -- was close.
Because for the parents who whose child.
For the husbands and wives whose partner.
For the children who lose a parent.
Every loss is devastating.
For those of us who bear the solemn responsibility of sending.
These men and women in the harm's way we know the consequences all too well.
I feel it every time I -- -- warrior.
Every time I visit Walter Reed.
And every time I grieve with the gold star family.
That's why on this day we remember.
Our sacred obligation to those who laid down their lives so we can live ours.
To finish the job these men and women started by keeping our promise to those who Wear America's uniform to give our troops.
The resources they need to keep.
Faith what our veterans and their families now and always.
Never stopped searching for those who have gone missing or were held as prisoners of war.
But -- more basic level every American can do something even some.
As we go about our daily lives.
We must remember that our countrymen.
Are still server.
-- putting their lives on the line.
For all of us.
The last fall I received a letter from Kennedy.
Charlotte, North Carolina.
Both -- sons are Marines.
-- -- served two tours in Iraq.
Her youngest was in Afghanistan of the time.
He was in her words a 100% devoted to his deployment and wouldn't have had -- any other way.
Reading -- -- was clear -- and extraordinarily proud.
From the life for boys have chosen.
Which you also have a request on behalf of all the mothers just like her.
Please don't forget about my child and every other marine and soldier over there who probably choose to defend their country.
The mothers played.
Please don't forget.
On this Memorial Day and every day.
Let -- be true.
And -- their problems.
That would be our task every single one of us to honor the strength from the resolve.
These brave Americans felt for each other.
And for our country.
I was never forget.
To be worthy of the sacrifice they make.
In our name.
May god bless the fallen.
And all those who serve.
And may god continue to bless the United States of America.
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