Obama offers salute to Korean War vets as Afghanistan war winds down
May 27th, 2013
11:02 AM ET
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Obama offers salute to Korean War vets as Afghanistan war winds down

(CNN) – President Barack Obama gave a special salute Monday to Americans who lost their lives fighting in the Korean War, noting the upcoming 60th anniversary of the conflict's end, and asked Americans to remember the troops' work in Afghanistan as that war winds down.

"Last Memorial Day, I stood here and spoke about how, for the first time in nine years, Americans were no longer fighting and dying in Iraq. Today, a transition is under way in Afghanistan, and our troops are coming home," the president said after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. "This time next year, we will mark the final Memorial Day of our war in Afghanistan."

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  1. Ed1

    Anti Military President giving a Memorial Day speech how sad.

    people in the Military need more than a speech how about pay increases that are equal to the private sector forget nobody in the private would take a job defending this Country except the Military.

    It's a sad time when the people defending our Country have to get food stamps to help feed their families not like the people that continue to fraud our Government by getting money they don't deserve and we will do nothing about it.

    May 27, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. plain&simple

    How do you call what's happening in the military a "controversy"? What does it have to do with Obama? You think this is new? When things become apparent you deal with them. To not do so would be controversial!!! Same with the war on terrorism....conditions change,so must we! So what gives CNN? Do so reporting.

    May 27, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. Anonymous

    President Obama is THE ONLY MAN in Washington right now who is willing to keep us all from becoming Red State America bat guano crazy. For that I thank him.

    Today is also a day to honor our military. Have at it GOPers. Honoring the troops without the anti-Obama bashing. He is after all their Commander in Chief.

    May 27, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    I can no longer listen to this man's empty words.

    May 27, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. okfine

    Ed1

    Anti Military President giving a Memorial Day speech how sad.

    people in the Military need more than a speech how about pay increases that are equal to the private sector forget nobody in the private would take a job defending this Country except the Military.

    ---

    Ed1, you need a remedial civics class. In order to pay service members more, there needs to be increased funding. The President does not spend the money in this country, the Congress does. By the way, who was it that was slamming the 47%, which would include these very same service members using food stamps as "takers" who would "never take responsiblity for thier lives"? And if you think there are no private sector people defending this country, then you need to look into all the no bid contracts that were given to people like KBR and Halliburton in Iraq and Afghanistan. Who issued those?

    May 27, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  6. kafantaris2

    Freedom ain't free; it's paid for with what can never be replaced.
    This fact alone should humble us all.
    "[But] from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom— and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

    May 27, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Rocky Green

    Rick I can no longer listen to the empty words of Sarah Palin, Eric Cantor, Mitch McConnell, Michelle Bachmann who loves her country but holds dual citizenship. I can no longer listen to our state Sen. Ted Cruz or. Kentucky's Rand Paul who's father Ron the racist has been a congressman in an adjacent county for many yrs. These Replublikkkans have held our great country hostage. Instead of continuing to hold votes on ACA ( Obamacare) aka Replublikkkans should be working with our president on a jobs bill. By the way let Mitch McConnell know he is a second term president. Get over it and start working for the betterment of the American people, not American corporations. I.E. ( Exxon, Wal-Mart, Bain Capital and so on. Stop corporate welfare.

    May 27, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Yanni

    CNN is becoming increasingly watered down fox news. Can not just report the news without adding controversy twist on it. Don't aim for the crazy and lunatics they are already taken.

    May 27, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  9. PJ

    @Rocky Green and okfine:

    Thank you.

    @Ed1: Who went to Dover AFB and paid respects to some of the families and the caskets carrying their loved ones?
    Obama.
    Who NEVER went to Dover AFB?
    Bush

    May 27, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    ED works for the State of California. They are treated better than the Federal employees or the Vets.

    May 27, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |