Obama Salutes ‘Fallen Heroes’ in Memorial Day Address
By Gregory Wallace, CNN
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama offered a salute to the troops in his weekly address on Saturday, capping a week that saw him discussing national security and terrorism on several occasions.
“Unofficially, (Monday is) the start of summer — a chance for us to spend some time with family and friends, at barbecues or the beach, getting a little fun and relaxation in before heading back to work,” he said. “It’s also a day on which we set aside some time, on our own or with our families, to honor and remember all the men and women who have given their lives in service to this country we love.”
The commander in chief said the country has an obligation to “care for the loved ones that our fallen service members have left behind” and do the same for veterans.
He did not speak directly about the backlog of claims awaiting attention from the Veterans Administration, but did note the military-related remarks he made this week.
Obama spoke Thursday at the National Defense University about the war on terrorism, the drone program and the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Then on Friday, he spoke at the commencement ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy.
“The young men and women I met at the Naval Academy this week know the meaning of service,” he said. “They’ve studied the heroes of our history. They’ve chosen to follow in their footsteps — to stand their watch, man a ship, lead a platoon. They are doing their part. And each of us must do ours.”
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