Obama Marks Memorial Day at Arlington, Sidesteps Racial Controversy Over Confederate Monument

ABC News' Karen Travers reports: President Obama honored America’s fallen servicemembers at Arlington National Cemetery this morning and said that the men and women who choose to serve their country are the “best of America.”

But he did not make reference to his decision to send a wreath to the Confederate Monument at the cemetery, despite an appeal for him to end the presidential tradition dating back to Woodrow Wilson.

As a compromise, Obama sent a wreath to a monument honoring African-American soldiers who fought in the Civil War. Read more about that here .

The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington and said the cemetery, which is the final resting place for soldiers dating back to the Revolutionary War, serves as a reminder of the “meaning of valor.”

“With each death, we are heartbroken; with each death, we grow more determined,” he said.

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