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President Obama Pays Tribute To The Fallen

US President Barack Obama (L) and US Major General Bradley A. Becker, Commander of the Military District of Washington, listen to the US national anthem before placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National CemeteryMay 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama and Major General Bradley A. Becker, Commander of the Military District of Washington, listen to the US national anthem before placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

US President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama arrives to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama (L) bows his head after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama bows his head in silence along with Major General Bradley A. Becker at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama is assisted as he lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Amphitheater after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Amphitheater after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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U.S.President Barack Obama makes remarks at the Amphitheater after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, near Washington, DC. Obama paid tribute to the nation's military service members who have fallen. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI

US President Barack Obama salutes during an event to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

People watch as US President Barack Obama places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks during a event to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks during an event to honor Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford (L) and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter (C) listen to the National Anthem at the conclusion of remarks at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)

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President Barack Obama lays a coin on a grave in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery

ARLINGTON, VA - MAY 30: (AFP-OUT) President Barack Obama bows his head in silence after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on May 30, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. Obama paid tribute to the nation's fallen military service members. (Photo by Mike Theiler-Pool/Getty Images)


69 Responses to “President Obama Pays Tribute To The Fallen”


  1. 1 MightyPamela
    May 30, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    ❤ (easy does it, in the wild rumpus for first)

  2. May 30, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    This was a lovely ceremony.
    Thanks President Obama.

  3. May 30, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Dudette posted this on the other thread…I.AM.DYING….LOL..

  4. 6 Nerdy Wonka
    May 30, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Part one of the four night Roots remake is on History Channel and A&E right now. Recommended and very important viewing.

    They are not sugar coating anything. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

  5. 10 amk for obama
    May 30, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    quo vadis, warriors?

  6. May 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you…Nerdy …for once again showcasing the Humanity of our extraordinary President….thank you

  7. May 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    I love our President. You can see his sincerity.

  8. 14 amk for obama
    May 30, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    do we warriors always like to come from behind? Q1. 19 – 24 /smh

    • 16 jacquelineoboomer
      May 30, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      I’ve definitely read about that before, but only in recent years, and definitely NOT in a history book.

  9. May 30, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I’m watching Roots BUT it is very difficult. Keep turning away. Glad no sugar-coating,but so difficult.

    • 18 jacquelineoboomer
      May 30, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      I saw the original one, as did everybody I knew back then, and definitely can’t do it again. Maybe I’m just too old to handle some of it, especially knowing where our country still is, today, in many ways. But I imagine it’s well done.

      • May 31, 2016 at 12:48 am

        I read an article about how the first series was such a cultural event because there were far fewer channels and choices (of course) and because of the cultural movements of the time. That made it a shared cultural event of the kind we don’t have any more. I remember watching it and discussing it with everyone the next day.

        • 20 jacquelineoboomer
          May 31, 2016 at 10:02 am

          You are no doubt right about that. It was extremely well done, and possibly the first of its kind.

  10. 21 jacquelineoboomer
    May 30, 2016 at 10:12 pm

  11. 23 jacquelineoboomer
    May 30, 2016 at 10:23 pm

  12. May 30, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    Good evening, TOD.

  13. May 30, 2016 at 10:46 pm

  14. 28 jacquelineoboomer
    May 30, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    One of her finest hours!

  15. 29 Anjo
    May 30, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Rik from prevous thread…Tiny house living is just a fad

  16. 31 amk for obama
    May 30, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    warriors 90-79. 3 minutes to go.

  17. 34 amk for obama
    May 30, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    93-86. under a minute now.

  18. 35 amk for obama
    May 30, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    96-86. 26 seconds.

  19. 36 amk for obama
    May 30, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    96-88. aaand it’s done.

  20. 37 amk for obama
    May 30, 2016 at 11:28 pm

  21. 38 amk for obama
    May 30, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    lebron vs steph. let’s see.

    • 39 GGail
      May 30, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      It will be lebron vs the whole Dub Nation. Everyone will be working to defend and score on lebron and he will do all he can to bulldoze his way to the basket and fouls. IMO he has no finesse. This is just my opinion folks 🙂

      • 40 idon
        May 31, 2016 at 12:08 am

        I’m a die hard Warriors fan and love Steph. He always keeps it classy. I’m looking forward to start of the championship title game on Thursday. Go Warriors!!

      • May 31, 2016 at 12:15 am

        I’m so excited. The Warriors are back in Finals after a fantastic series! Go Warriors!

  22. May 30, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    PragmaticObotsUnite ‎@PragObots
    Kunta watching his parents disappear once he said “Toby”….WOW. Powerful symbolism. #Roots #KuntasKin

  23. 43 GGail
    May 30, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    I’m signing off so I don’t get spoilers about Roots before it comes on out here in the West.

    See ya tomorrow

  24. 44 Anjo
    May 30, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Riky, in the Caribbean long ago tiny houses were the norm, a living room and bedroom with a kitchen and bathroom in the yard, even if you had 2 or 3 bedrooms you only went in the house during the day if it rained then at nights everyone came in for sleeping adults on the beds kids on the floor. Even with just two persons where outside will you go in the winter? What happens if you can no longer climb stairs to a bedroom in which you cannot stand? Just another fad for those with more money than sense. Nothing to see there move on to something that makes sense and is worthy of your hard earned money.

  25. 45 vcprezofan2
    May 31, 2016 at 12:48 am

    An hour+ without a word? Okay, off to read, I go. Sweet Dreams, everyone!

  26. May 31, 2016 at 1:08 am

    Andre Simpson
    “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” Meet Jimelle Levon a teenager from Columbus, OH he sews hand-made prom dresses from home, selling them from $200- $500 per dress! Share!

  27. May 31, 2016 at 1:16 am

    • 48 Betsy
      May 31, 2016 at 9:31 am

      I teach US History to 8th graders in a fairly affluent area with lots of Republicans and see this everyday. Its quite scary.

      • May 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm

        I look at the anti-intellectual state of our country and now understand why my great-uncle, “Grandpop” Drew, demanded that we eschew the “idiot box!” His theory was the powers that be would enslave the citizens by taking control of government and commerce via TV. Fast forward to today where we have a reality star running for president and a large portion of the population valuing material things over people…

  28. 51 arapaho415
    May 31, 2016 at 1:17 am

    GM TODville.

    Doubt many will see this since it’s after midnight on the east coast, but I visited DailyMail.co.uk and the lead story (with several articles) is about the gorilla killed after 4-year-old boy had fallen into the gorilla enclosure.

    Didn’t click on any articles, but they’re presenting the event from the perspective of the gorilla attempting to comfort the boy with no intention of attacking the child. Such a tragic turn of events, don’t understand why the enclosure had been engineered to prevent someone getting to the same level as the animals.

    • May 31, 2016 at 2:30 am

      Hi. It’s been on my mind too arapaho. The zoo officials were basically obliged to do what they did just in case.
      But my thinking is the gorilla (don’t know his name) probably didn’t know what to do with the little boy.
      One report said he “dragged the boy around” in the water– and I’m guessing that’s what he’d have done with a baby gorilla too.
      Knew something had happened, saw humans all the time. Just didn’t know what to do next.

    • May 31, 2016 at 2:36 am

      Some of us are up. It’s been a horrendous story from all sides. Experts say that breed of male gorilla is unpredictable. Tranquilizer gun might have stimulated anger because it doesn’t work right away. parents must bear some responsibility as well as Zoo officials. No animal space should be accessible by humans other than those trained to work there. It is very sad.

  29. 54 yardarm756
    May 31, 2016 at 3:06 am

    Here’s something else they never taught you in school:

    A TV station in Chicago once reported that Gen. John Logan was the founder of Memorial Day. That isn’t true.

    Gen. John Logan is usually given credit for starting Memorial Day. This is incorrect. Logan’s proclamation was issued in 1868. However, the first observance of “Decoration Day”, what it was originally called, took place in 1865 in Charleston S. C. and was done by freed slaves, three years prior to Logan’s action.

    On a Monday morning in the spring of 1865, thousands of former enslaved people marched onto the grounds of the old Washington Race Course, now Hampton Park, where wealthy Charleston planters and socialites had gathered in old times. During the final year of the war, the track had been turned into a prison camp. Hundreds of Union soldiers died there.

    For two weeks in April, former enslaved people had worked to bury the soldiers. Now they would give them a proper funeral.

    The procession began at 9 a.m. as 2,800 Black American school children marched by their graves, softly singing “John Brown’s Body.”

    The exercise on May 1, the Charleston Daily Courier reported, began with the reading of a Psalm. The crowd sang a hymn, then prayed. Everyone in the procession carried a bouquet of flowers.

    The children strew flowers on the graves as they walked past. After “John Brown’s Body,” they sang “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America” and “Rally Round the Flag.” By the end, the graves looked like a massive mound of rose petals.

    These former enslaved people were joined by several Union regiments, including the 104th and 35th “colored regiments,” as well as the famous 54th Massachusetts. These companies marched around the graves in solemn salute.

    Soon, their voices would give way to the sermons of preachers, then prayer and — later — picnics. It was May 1, 1865, but they called it Decoration Day.

    On that day, former enslaved people of Charleston started a tradition that would come to be known as Memorial Day.

    For years, the ceremony was largely forgotten.

    It had been mentioned in some history books, including Robert Rosen’s “Confederate Charleston,” but the story gained national attention when David W. Blight, a professor of American history at Yale, took interest. He discovered a mention of the first Decoration Day in the un-cataloged writings of a Union soldier at a Harvard University library.
    A few years ago, the city of Charleston and the state approved plans for a historical marker in Hampton Park to honor the first Dedication Day. Blight has said the site is perhaps even worthy of National Park status.

    Harlan Greene, director of archival and reference services at Avery, said the time is right; Charleston has begun to recognize its African-American history.

    “We’re approaching a tipping point,” Greene said. “The irony of the story is that Charleston is the cradle of the Confederacy, but the memorial was for Union soldiers. It shows the richness of Charleston history.”

    Kirkland Burke

  30. May 31, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Thanks nerdy for making these pics and the service available. Missed it today. PBO always looks elegant, as if he was born to do this job. Maybe he was.

  31. 57 rikyrah
    May 31, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Good Morning 😊, Everyone 😆

    • May 31, 2016 at 7:23 am

      Good morning, rik and everyone else. It’s good to be back home. Thankful for safe travels. Good day wished for all TODer’s. 🙂

  32. May 31, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Good morning rikyrah, tnmtngirl & TOD 🙂

  33. May 31, 2016 at 7:38 am

  34. 69 Ladyhawke
    May 31, 2016 at 8:47 am


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