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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 Tomb of the Unknowns

in Arlington National Cemetery; commemorates nameless war dead. [Am. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1118]

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, then spoke at the Memorial Amphitheater amphitheater (ăm`fəthē'ətər, ăm`pə–), open structure used for the exhibition of gladiatorial contests, struggles of wild beasts, sham sea battles, and similar spectacles.  at Arlington National Cemetery Arlington National Cemetery, 420 acres (170 hectares), N Va., across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.; est. 1864. More than 60,000 American war dead, as well as notables including Presidents William Howard Taft and John F. Kennedy, Gen. John J. . 

"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 cemetery, name used by early Christians to designate a place for burying the dead. First applied in Christian burials in the Roman catacombs, the word cemetery came into general usage in the 15th cent.  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 according to
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