President Barack Obama honored fallen troops on Veterans Day Wednesday taking part in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then spoke at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery.
So to all of them -- to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families -- there is no tribute, no commemoration, no praise that can truly match the magnitude of your service and your sacrifice, Obama said.
President Barack Obama shares a 'thumbs-up with a veteran at a Veteran's Day breakfast in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 11, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)
Honoring military members abroad Obama said: when you touch our soil, you will be home in an America that is forever here for you just as you've been there for us. That is my promise -- our nation's promise -- to you.
U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to mark Veterans Day November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Veterans listen to U.S. President Barack Obama speak during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Obama and the First Lady then walked through the headstones in the cemetery greeting families of the deceased soldiers.
U.S. President Barack Obama extends his hand to a visitor at Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, containing the graves of soldiers from the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts, during his visit in Virginia on Veterans Day, November 11, 2009.
On the same day the President held discussions with his national security team for a strategy in the war in Afghanistan. Obama is considering adding tens of thousands more forces to fight the war, according to Military Officials, CBS News reported.