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May 27, 2024

Barack Obama honours brave soldiers on US Memorial Day

Barack Obama honours brave soldiers on US Memorial Day

Former United States President Barack Obama, on the occasion of Memorial Day, has paid tribute to the military personnel who sacrificed their lives while serving in the US Armed Forces.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the US for honouring and mourning the US military personnel who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May.

On his X page, Obama wrote, “One of the greatest honors of my life was the privilege of serving as commander-in-chief, and with pride also came sometimes heartbreak and loss. And the sober recognition of the sacrifices that so many Americans and their families have made to preserve our freedom.

“On Memorial Day, we honor the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We owe them so much, and their memories will never be forgotten.”

The ex-US president also surprised volunteers on Saturday at the service project, where community members placed American flags at more than 4,000 graves to mark Memorial Day.

He visited Veterans of Foreign War Post 609 at Alexandria National Cemetery in Virginia. 

Former President Barack Obama surprised volunteers at the Saturday service project, where community members placed American flags at more than 4,000 graves to mark Memorial Day.

The crowd of veterans and local scouts mingled with the 44th president as he helped with the effort. 

Alexandria National Cemetery is one of the first 14 national cemeteries established in 1862 and is the final resting place of service members dating back to the American Civil War.

“As we go out here, I hope that we just reflect and say a prayer for and say thanks for those who came before us. And for those of you who are still serving those of you who may be serving in the future, thanks to you as well,” he added.