Obama observed Memorial Day Monday by honoring soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.
Wired PR News – President Barack Obama paid tribute to veterans on Monday in honor of Memorial Day. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Obama sent wreaths to memorialize African American soldiers and Confederate soldiers, despite a recent petition from professors who asked that the president not keep with tradition and memorialize those from the Confederacy, due to the stance of southern states on slavery.
Obama is quoted in the report as stating during a customary wreath laying ceremony, “Why in an age when so many have acted only in pursuit of narrowest self-interest have the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines of this generation volunteered all that they have on behalf of others. Why have they been willing to bear the heaviest burden?… Whatever it is, they felt some tug. They answered a call. They said ‘I’ll go.’ That is why they are the best of America… That is what separates them from those who have not served in uniform, their extraordinary willingness to risk their lives for people they never met.”