President Bush led the nation in paying tribute to those who've died in the service of their country. He paid his respects to the nation's fallen heroes during the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
"The families who come here have sacrificed someone precious and irreplacable in their lives. And our nation will always honor them," said President Bush.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs' chairman Richard Myers also honored the war dead on this memorial day. Myers spoke earlier about the feeling that came over him while walking through Arlington National Cemetery.
"Pride in the work that is being done by our men and women around the world in Iraq and Afghanistan. They understand the importance of the mission," Myers said.
Also in Washington Monday, a parade that featured one of America's oldest veterans, 103 year old Lloyd Brown who was 16 when he signed up to fight in World War I.
Thousands of veterans with rolling thunder roared into the nation's Capitol to hold a rally of their own Sunday remembering prisoners of war and those missing in action. The group remembers prisoners of war and those missing in action.
And in a Boston suburb, proof that one person can make a difference. Collin Kelly, 9, wouldn't take no for an answer after being told he couldn't plant flowers in this veteran's cemetery because only family members were allowed.
"I saw that they didn't have any flowers and thought that was sad," said Kelly.
The White House called for a 3:00 p.m. eastern time National Moment of Remembrance, for all of us to pause and reflect.