President Barrack Obama addressed his Memorial Day proclamation in remembrance to the generations of troops who battled for America's freedom.  The Memorial Day Observance is the 144th held at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Obama spoke of how today is a day for the beloved heroes who fell for our country.  Prior to the speech, President Obama laid wreaths  at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

 We remember that the blessings we enjoy as Americans came at a dear cost, that our very presence here today as a free people in a free society bears testimony to their enduring legacy, said the President at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington.

As a grateful nation, we forever carry the selfless sacrifice of our fallen heroes in our hearts, and we share the task of caring for those they left behind.
Obama recognized the families and veterans saying that they should also be observed in today's Memorial Day services. 

To those of you mourn the loss of a loved one today, my heart goes out to you...The grief that many of you carry in your hearts is a grief I cannot fully know...This day is about you and the fallen heroes that you loved, and it's a day that has meaning for all Americans, said Obama.

In observance of the holiday, U.S. flags are to be flown at half staff on all government buildings.  The national moment of silence ceremony and memorial services are scheduled for this afternoon.