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Memorial Day Ceremony

The gift of flowers honors the beauty and the brevity of life and evoke memories of other days. President Bush paid tribute at a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to members of America's military who died in combat. The President placed a beautiful red, white, and blue wreath in front of the tomb of unknowns.

In this place where valor sleeps, we acknowledge our responsibility as Americans to preserve the memory of the fallen. On this Memorial Day, we look out on quiet hills, and rows of white headstones -- and we know that we are in the presence of greatness. The markers here record the names of more than 296,000 men and women. Each of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines buried here answered the call to serve, and stepped forward to protect the nation they loved. George W. Bush, May 29, 2006

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President George W. Bush

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President George W. Bush climbs up the stairs of the memorial amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery to give his speech to the Nation.

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Color Guard faces the tomb of Unknowns.

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Old Guard sentry stays at this position during the ceremony.

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West view of the fully occupied amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery .

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North view of the fully occupied amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery

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East view of the fully occupied amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery

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United States veterans hold up our nations flag during the Memorial Day ceremony in Arlington cemetary. *

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President George W. Bush, and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld addresses the audience during Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, May 29, 2006

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President George W. Bush, and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld addresses the audience during Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, May 29, 2006

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The Nation applauds President Bush.

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"A few moments ago, I placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. I was honored to do so on behalf of the American people, as a sign of our solemn gratitude and our deep respect." - President George W. Bush.

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"Today we pray that those who lie here have found peace with their Creator, and we resolve that their sacrifice will always be remembered by a grateful nation.

May God Bless the Untied States of America." - President George W. Bush

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President George W. Bush waves to the audience gathered for Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery

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