Arlington National Cemetery – Tribute to the Unknown Soldier

Though President Barack Obama was trapped in rain as he was trying to pay respects to America’s war dead Monday at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Illinois, Vice President Joe Biden is saluting the sacrifices of the warriors of America at the nation’s most hallowed burial ground.

Barack Obama stood under a large umbrella at the podium because his tour was disrupted by a torrential downpour. While the storm passed he request guests at the event to return cars. As the audience are cleared out the president said, “We don’t want to endanger anyone, particularly children in the audience. So I’d ask everybody to very calmly, move back to your cars. I’m going to move back to mine. We will wait to make sure that the thunder has passed. A little bit of rain doesn’t hurt anybody but we don’t want anybody being struck by lightning. God bless you everybody.”

Vice President Joe Biden honored America’s war dead at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. He spoke to offer words of respect to the fallen and a solemn tribute to troops who are now fighting to secure America from their enemies. He said, “Every time I can say without fear of contradiction, I come away impressed with the intelligence, the grit, the resolve and the patriotism of our young and men.”

Presidents traditionally participate in an annual Memorial Day 2010 wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington.