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Memorial Day 2015

"With heavy hearts and a sense of profound gratitude, we mourn these women and men -- parents, children, loved ones, comrades-in-arms, friends, and all those known and unknown -- who believed so deeply in what our country could be they were willing to give their lives to protect its promise."

President Barack Obama
Presidential Proclamation

May 2015

Chairman: Families of Fallen Remain in Nation’s Hearts

The families of the fallen are always in the hearts of the members of the U.S. armed forces, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery today. Story

Carter Pays Memorial Day Tribute to the Fallen, Families

While only the families of the fallen know what it's like to lose a loved one, the nation is grateful for service members' sacrifices, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at Arlington National Cemetery today. Story

Obama: Nation Owes Debt to Fallen Service Members

President Barack Obama today used the stories of three soldiers who died in Afghanistan to illustrate the values of the thousands of service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the nation's wars. Story

Chairman Says 'Good' Grief Will Help With Challenges Ahead

Speaking to families of fallen service members at the 21st annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors summit, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he loves that the members were there, but doesn't like how they got there. Story

Carter Welcomes Survivors of Fallen to Pentagon

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his wife, Stephanie, welcomed members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors to the Pentagon, telling them the sacrifices they've made for the nation will never be forgotten. Story

Old Guard Honors Veterans at Arlington National Cemetery

After a long, unseasonably cold and wet day of conducting burial services, about 1,000 Old Guard Soldiers made their way across the soggy hills and flats that make up Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, to place miniature flags in front of each grave marker. Story

Carter: Honor, Thank Families of Fallen Troops on Memorial Day

While every Memorial Day is marked with solemn remembrance, this year's has special significance, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a Memorial Day message to the force. Story

President Proclaims Memorial Day as 'Day of Prayer'

President Barack Obama saluted the service and sacrifices of America's military members -- past and present -- and proclaimed Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, “as a day of prayer for permanent peace." Story


Memorial Day Message

"As our nation remembers the service and sacrifice of previous generations, we as a people recognize that the men and women serving in uniform today -- active-duty, guard, and reserve -- are as humble, patriotic, and selfless as any generation that has come before."

Portrait of Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Defense Secretary Ash Carter
May 2015

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