Memorial Day in America.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 8:53am

The nation remembers those who sacrificed for our freedom. Jennifer Johnson reports.

On this Memorial Day, President Obama's remarks were brief, as a massive thunderstorm prevented him from addressing hundreds of people who gathered at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

For the crowd's safety, the president asked those gathered to retreat to their vehicles.

The speech was canceled, but not before Mr. Obama boarded a pair of buses to greet military families who came for the ceremony.

Some veterans groups had criticized the president for not being at Arlington National Cemetery.

Instead Vice President Joe Biden was there, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

America has lost 4,400 men and women in Iraq and over 1,000 in Afghanistan.

This somber day was marked all over the country, with American flags flying in small parades to more quiet
gravesite ceremonies.

Remembering those who have died in the name of freedom, and those now who continue the fight.

Despite the criticism, President Obama is not the first president who marked Memorial Day away from Arlington. Others include Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

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