Obama observes Memorial Day at Arlington

May 26, 2009

President Barack Obama places his hand over his heart during the playing of "Taps." Standing next to him is Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe, Jr. and in the background, wearing white, is Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

President Barack Obama places his hand over his heart during the playing of "Taps." Standing next to him is Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe, Jr. and in the background, wearing white, is Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


President Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

President Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.


A boy holds his hands over his heart during "Taps."

A boy holds his hands over his heart during "Taps."


Members of the Air Force Honor Guard descend the steps at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the ceremony.

Members of the Air Force Honor Guard descend the steps at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier after the ceremony.


The Honor Guard and cheering crowds lined the route of Obama's motorcade.

The Honor Guard and cheering crowds lined the route of Obama's motorcade.


A member of the Honor Guard stands at rest.

A member of the Honor Guard stands at rest.


Honor Guard members lined the streets of Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Honor Guard members lined the streets of Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.


Carrying fresh flowers, woman makes her way between the graves.

Carrying fresh flowers, woman makes her way between the graves.

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