The president performed the traditional ritual of Memorial Day at Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC
The U.S. president, Barack Obama, leading ceremonies Monday for Memorial Day, in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia.
The 2013 Obama described the cemetery as a “sanctuary” of “those who gave their lives for America.”
During the ceremony the president will lay a wreath at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.”
America celebrates this holiday since Friday. Government offices and paralyze their activities in all states are held patriotic commemorations. Schools, banks and the postal service will also remain closed on this day.
The president said that for many soldiers this will be his last tour of Afghanistan.
The Memorial Day was established by Congress in 1971 to honor the fallen during the War of Independence and Civil War soldiers. Over time the celebrations added to all U.S. soldiers who died in all the wars fought by the country.
The Memorial Day
The Day or Memorial Day in war memorial is celebrated on the last Monday of May.
Americans remember their dead soldiers in combat.
Official ceremonies begin as a ritual of remembrance and reconciliation after the Civil War.
On this day thousands of Americans visit the graves of their deceased relatives who have served in the Armed Forces.
The Memorial Day has also become a day of family reunion, where they carry out various recreational activities.
On the day before the Indianapolis 500, one of the most important car racing in the country that runs from 1911 march also the holiday run. Official start of summer and the end of the school year.