Memorial Day 2015

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Memorial Day 2015

Your guide to events and happenings around the area for the holiday, including parades and concerts, as well as traffic updates and more.




    Wounded vets cycle toward recovery this Memorial Day weekend
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    Wounded vets like Darrin Snyder can't run, but they can bike. Armed with a specially designed bike and the support of dozens of other vets along for the ride, Snyder will trek from D.C. to Virginia Beach. 

    Read the story of three vets who talk about their road to recovery on the wheels of a bike. 

    Obama pays tribute to fallen service members
    President Barack Obama and with the aid of Sgt. 1st Class John C. Wirth lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) 

     

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war.

    Speaking under sunny skies to some 5,000 people in an amphitheater on the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery, Obama said the graveyard is “more than a final resting place of heroes.”

    “It is a reflection of America itself,” he said, citing racial and religious diversity in the backgrounds of the men and woman who paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve “the ideals that bind us as one nation.”

    His appearance is an annual rite for presidents at the cemetery nestled among verdant hills overlooking the Potomac River. It came months after the end of the U.S. combat mission in Afghanistan, where the number of stationed troops has been reduced to about 10,000 from a peak of more than 100,000. READ MORE

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