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President Obama Was Not At Arlington For The 2010 Memorial Day
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded email that
said President Obama would not be attending the 2010 Memorial Day
Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
The Truth: The President participated
in a 2010 Memorial Day ceremony at Lincoln National Cemetery in Ellwood,
IL while he and the first family were in Chicago. A a torrential
downpour prevented the President from giving his prepared speech but he
did approach the podium with the aid of an umbrella and requested that
members of the audience immediately seek shelter from the storm. Vice President
Biden was at Arlington National Cemetery for the 2010 traditional wreath laying
Memorial Day falls on
the last weekend in May and it is a day of remembrance for the defenders
of freedom who died serving in the U.S. Military. Each year at
Arlington National Cemetery in Fort Meyers, VA a wreath is laid at the
Tomb of the Unknowns.
This was not the first
time a sitting US President has been absent for the last weekend in May
tradition. Although the honor of placing the wreath at the Tomb of the
Unknowns usually falls on a sitting US President, Vice Presidents,
Cabinet members or high ranking members of government have participated
in this ceremony in the
past. In 2002 Deputy Secretary of Defense, Paul Wolfowitz laid the wreath at Arlington while President George W. Bush
was in France participating in a Memorial Day ceremony at the World War
II Normandy American Cemetery. According to a
Washington Post May 28, 2010 article, President Bill Clinton had a
perfect attendance record for the Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington.
Presidents George Herbert Walker Bush (41) did not attend any Arlington
Memorial Day ceremonies while in office. Ronald Reagan missed two
Arlington events during his period in the Oval Office but spoke one
Memorial Day at the West Point military academy.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
I am absolutely Incensed !!!!!!!
On tonight's news I learned that
President Obama , breaking with Presidential tradition will not appear
at Arlington National cemetery on Memorial Day. I am sure all military
veterans and their families are offended by this overt disregard and
disrespect of our deceased veterans. What in this world is this man
thinking where he can diss those who have served and given their lives
for this country. This not a political issue. This man who has been
elected as our president seems to be telling us that those who have laid
down their lives for this country are inconsequential in their plan fo
the future of this country. I am deeply offended as I suspect most
people especially the veterans of this country are.
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