You have reached a collection of archived material.

The content available is no longer being updated and may no longer be applicable as a result of changes in law, regulation and/or administration. If you wish to see the latest content, please visit the current version of the site.

For persons with disabilities experiencing difficulties accessing content on, please use the DoD Section 508 Form. In this form, please indicate the nature of your accessibility issue/problem and your contact information so we can address your issue or question.

United States Department of Defense United States Department of Defense

Memorial Day 2014

"Constant in the American narrative is the story of men and women who loved our country so deeply they were willing to give their all to keep it safe and free. When a revolution needed to be won and our Union needed to be preserved, brave patriots stepped forward."

President Barack Obama
Presidential Proclamation: Prayer for Peace

May 2014

Top Stories

President Obama Pays Tribute to Service Members, Families at Arlington

While it is fitting to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, it is also a time to remember those most directly affected by their deaths, President Barack Obama said during Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery. Story

Service, Sacrifice Made America a Better Nation, Dempsey Says

America is a better place because of the service and sacrifices of countless men and women, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery. Story

Phot of Dempsey with a wounded warrior.

Dempsey Thanks Service Members, Families During Memorial Day Concert

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked service members and their families for their sacrifices during the National Memorial Day Concert. Story

Photo of Obama making a speech behind a podium.

Obama Thanks Troops in Afghanistan for Service at Pivotal Time

President Barack Obama told troops at Bagram Airfield that he was there to say thank you from more than 300 million Americans. Story

Photo of Obama amongst troops.

President Pays Memorial Day Visit to Troops in Afghanistan

Ahead of Memorial Day, President Barack Obama visited U.S. leaders and service members at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, thanking them for their service and sacrifice. Story

Obama Asks Nation to Remember Those Who Sacrificed Everything

During his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama asked the nation this Memorial Day to remember those who gave their lives in service to the country. He said the United States must provide veterans with the care they earned and deserve. Story

Hagel Remembers the Post-9/11 Fallen

At ceremonies marking the opening of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, Americans read the names of all those killed in the war. Story

Obama Issues Memorial Day Proclamation

President Barack Obama proclaimed Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, as a day for all Americans to "never forget" the service and sacrifices of U.S. military members in defense of the nation and to "pray for and hold close the families of the fallen." Story

White House Blog

President Obama Speaks From Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day

President Obama traveled to Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and deliver remarks at a memorial service honoring our fallen servicemembers and their families. Story

Additional Links

Stay Connected