President Obama Failed to Salute at Veterans Day Service- Fiction!
President Obama Failed to Salute at Fort Hood Service- Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a forwarded email with an attached photograph that says President Obama did not salute while attending the November 11, 2009 Veterans Day memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Other versions of this email suggest that the photo was taken during the Fort Hood Memorial Service after the attack on the US Army Base in November 2009.
The photo in question is from a privately owned web site dedicated to our Nation’s fallen buried at Arlington and was taken during the Memorial Day service at Arlington on May 25, 2009, not Veterans Day. Click here for Arlington.net web site.
Arlington.net Webmaster Michael Robert Patterson told TruthorFiction.com that the photo was taken as the president was entering the ceremony stage at Arlington. Traditionally, the President walks in to the tune of “Hail to the Chief” as military personnel salute their Commander in Chief. The civilian on the stage with his hand over his heart is Arlington’s superintendent of 19 years, John Metzler Jr. Patterson told Truthorfiction.com that Metzler has always made it a tradition to salute the President in this manner at Arlington events.
Below is a side by side comparison of two photographs from different angles showing the President entering the stage area to the tune of “Hail to the Chief” and the photo on the right shows him standing reverently as the tune finishes.
UPI Photo of the President being saluted Arlington.net photo
Video of this event is available at the C-SPAN site. President Obama’s entrance can be found at about 11 minutes into the video presentation. It is followed by a prayer and the singing of the National Anthem where Obama can be seen putting his hand over his heart at the introductory announcement. Click for C-SPAN video.
Veteran’s Day Event – November 11, 2009
President Obama and Vice President Biden did attend the November 11, 2009 Veterans Day memorial. Below is a photograph showing the President and Vice President as they salute at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington.
President Obama and Vice President Biden salute at the Tomb of the Unknowns November 11. 2009
On November 11, 2009, the Associated Press Reported, “Earlier at this national burial ground for war heroes, Obama placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Wearing a black raincoat, the president place a flower-laced wreath on a stand and stood over it silently for several moments. He placed his hand on his heart as a bugler played taps.”
Click here for video of Arlington Ceremony.