President Bush on Memorial Day
at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington Cemetery, Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, 2008:
[ . . . ] On this Memorial Day, I stand before you as the Commander-in-Chief and try to tell you how proud I am at the sacrifice and service of the men and women who wear our uniform. They're an awesome bunch of people and the United States is blessed to have such citizens. (Applause.)Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deborah, visited Section 60 after the ceremony to meet with families and friends of our newest heroes from Iraq and Afghanistan.
I am humbled by those who have made the ultimate sacrifice that allow a free civilization to endure and flourish. It only remains for us, the heirs of their legacy, to have the courage and the character to follow their lead -- and to preserve America as the greatest nation on earth and the last best hope for mankind.
May God bless you and may God bless America. (Applause.)