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Honor Guard members line up for the Memorial (Credit: AP)

Honor Guard members line up for the Memorial Day Observance at the Memorial Amphitheater ahead of President Barack Obama's arrival at Arlington National Cemetery. (May 28, 2012)

Memorial Day 2012

The U.S. observes Memorial Day.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand with Rose Mary Brown, widow of Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., before placing a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for ceremonies to commemorate the Vietnam War’s 50th anniversary on Memorial Day. (May 28, 2012)

President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, Defense Secretary
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President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (second from left) and Veteran's Administration Secretary Eric Shinsecki (left) stand for the National Anthem at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial for ceremonies to commemorate the Vietnam War’s 50th anniversary on Memorial Day. (May 28, 2012)

President Barack Obama stands during the national anthem
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President Barack Obama stands during the national anthem before placing a commemorative wreath during a ceremony on Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. (May 28, 2012)

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President Barack Obama arrives on stage at the
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President Barack Obama arrives on stage at the Memorial Day Observance at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. At center is Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey; Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is at right. (May 28, 2012)

President Barack Obama escorted by Military District of
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President Barack Obama escorted by Military District of Washington commanding general, Major General Michael Linnington, salute during the National Anthem before laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to mark Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery. (May 28, 2012)

President Barack Obama escorted by Military District of
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President Barack Obama escorted by Military District of Washington commanding general, Major General Michael Linnington, salutes during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to mark Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery. (May 28, 2012)

President Barack Obama stands during the national anthem
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President Barack Obama stands during the national anthem before placing a commemorative wreath during a ceremony on Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. (May 28, 2012)

US President Barack Obama(C) escorted by Military District
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US President Barack Obama(C) escorted by Military District of Washington commanding general, Major General Michael Linnington, pause for a moment of silence during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier May 28, 2012 to mark Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial Day is observed in remembrance for those died while serving in the US military. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages

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President Barack Obama places a wreath during a
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President Barack Obama places a wreath during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to mark Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery. (May 28, 2012)

A veteran takes a photo before President Barack
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A veteran takes a photo before President Barack Obama attends a wreath laying ceremony on Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. (May 28, 2012)

People watch as members of the U.S. Army
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People watch as members of the U.S. Army Old Guard perform a changing of the guard before President Barack Obama attends a wreath laying ceremony on Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. (May 28, 2012)

Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard perform
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Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard perform a changing of the guard before President Barack Obama attends a wreath laying ceremony on Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. (May 28, 2012)

Ret. Air Force Maj. Alfred Nathaniel Simmons, from
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Ret. Air Force Maj. Alfred Nathaniel Simmons, from Baltimore, Md., lines up with other members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars honor guard at the Memorial Day Observance ahead of President Barack Obama's arrival at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. (May 28, 2012)

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Honor Guard members line up for the Memorial
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Honor Guard members line up for the Memorial Day Observance at the Memorial Amphitheater ahead of President Barack Obama's arrival at Arlington National Cemetery. (May 28, 2012)

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