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President Barack Obama honored fallen troops on Veterans Day Wednesday taking part in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns, then spoke at the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. 

"So to all of them -- to our veterans, to the fallen, and to their families -- there is no tribute, no commemoration, no praise that can truly match the magnitude of your service and your sacrifice," Obama said.

<div class="imageBox" style="width: 560px;"><img id="7292" class="imgPhoto" src="http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/articles/full/2009/11/11/7292.jpg" alt="President Barack Obama shares a 'thumbs-up" width="560" />

<div class="caption">President Barack Obama shares a 'thumbs-up" with a veteran at a Veteran's Day breakfast in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 11, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)</div>

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Honoring military members abroad Obama said: "when you touch our soil, you will be home in an America that is forever here for you just as you've been there for us. That is my promise -- our nation's promise -- to you."

<div class="imageBox" style="width: 500px;"><img id="7288" class="imgPhoto" src="http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/articles/full/2009/11/11/7288.jpg" alt="U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to mark Veterans Day November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque " width="500" />

<div class="caption">U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to mark Veterans Day November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque</div>

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<div class="imageBox" style="width: 500px;"><img id="7289" class="imgPhoto" src="http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/articles/full/2009/11/11/7289.jpg" alt="Veterans listen to U.S. President Barack Obama speak during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque" width="500" />

<div class="caption">Veterans listen to U.S. President Barack Obama speak during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia November 11, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque</div>

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Obama and the First Lady then walked through the headstones in the cemetery greeting families of the deceased soldiers.&nbsp;

<div class="imageBox" style="width: 500px;"><img id="7290" class="imgPhoto" src="http://img.ibtimes.com/www/data/articles/full/2009/11/11/7290.jpg" alt="U.S. President Barack Obama extends his hand to a visitor at Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, containing the graves of soldiers from the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts, during his visit in Virginia on Veterans Day, November 11, 2009. " width="500" />

<div class="caption">U.S. President Barack Obama extends his hand to a visitor at Arlington National Cemetery's Section 60, containing the graves of soldiers from the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts, during his visit in Virginia on Veterans Day, November 11, 2009.</div>

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On the same day the President held discussions with his national security team for a strategy in the war in Afghanistan. Obama is considering adding tens of thousands more forces to fight the war, according to Military Officials, CBS News reported.&nbsp;
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