Parades & Tributes Mark Memorial Day

5-29-06 - Local cities held ceremonies and parades to honor the veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day saw hundreds gather in Ardmore, Denison, Sherman, Honey Grove and other cities across the area.

Meanwhile, President Bush says the best way to honor America's war dead is to complete their mission.

In a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, Bush
said "their sacrifice will always be remembered by a grateful nation." He says some 270 men and women who have died in Iraq are buried at the cemetery. And he says, "We have seen the costs in the war on terror that we fight today."

Bush laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in what he calls
a "sign of our solemn gratitude." And the president says he's
"in awe of" Americans who sacrificed for the country's freedom.

At the sprawling cemetery where more than 300,000 people are buried, Bush said the fallen service members show "the price of our liberty."

Bush said he visited the cemetery to "honor this place where valor sleeps."