Obama lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns

US President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington as part of the country's Veterans Day commemorations.

US President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
US President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama told those gathered: "We are hear today to pledge that we will never forget the profound sacrifices that are made in our name.

US President Barack Obama speaking at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington.
US President Barack Obama speaking at the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

"Our message to all those who have ever worn the uniform of this nation is this: We will stand by your side."

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