WASHINGTON -- President Obama opened the Memorial Day holiday with a weekly address that reflected on the meaning of the holiday.
“Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend,” Obama said in the address, which is posted online every Saturday. “In town squares and national cemeteries, in public services and moments of quiet reflection, we will honor those who loved their country enough to sacrifice their own lives for it.”
Obama and his wife Michelle will spend the holiday with Gold Star families and veterans and their family members at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.
“Even as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, we reaffirm our commitment to care for those who served alongside them – the veterans who came home,” Obama said. “This includes our newest generation of veterans, from Iraq and Afghanistan.”