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Memorial Day….2010…….

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May (May 31 in 2010). Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in the military service.[1] First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the Civil War), it was expanded after World War I to honor dead Americans from all wars.

More……From Wiki.……

Vice President Joe Biden did the Services at Arlington National…..

The President’s Services in Chicago put off by rain and lighting……

President Obama was rushed offstage at a Memorial Day event after a massive lightning and rain storm opened up on the open field where he was to speak.

Obama told thousands of guests at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery to get to a place of safety.

“Excuse me, everybody listen up,” Obama told the crowd. “We are a little bit concerned about lightning. This may not be safe. I know that all of you are here to commemorate the fallen… What we’d like to do is if possible have people move back to their cars and if this passes in the next 15-20 minutes I’ll stick around.”

He said he hoped the ceremony could resume later. “But we don’t want to endanger anyone, particularly the children, in the audience,” he said. “A little bit of rain doesn’t hurt anybody but we don’t want anybody struck by lightning.”

Obama was then whisked into a motorcade which sat, unmoving, for several minutes, unable to proceed in the heavy rain.

Before his scheduled remarks, Obama lay a wreath near a cluster of headstones as light drizzle fell. By the time he reached the podium, the skies had opened up. The storm sent visitors scattering, and threatened to ruin plans that were already under fire: Obama had been criticized by some veterans for skipping the most prominent Memorial Day service in the country, at Arlington National Cemetery.

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May 31, 2010 - Posted by | Government, Media, Men, Military, Updates, Women | , ,

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