President Obama honors local fallen heroes at Arlington

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Across the country Monday, Americans remembered members of the armed forces who gave their lives fighting for our freedom.

Several events were held across the country.

President Obama spoke at Arlington National Cemetery.

"The Americans who rest here and their families, the best of us, those from whom we asked everything, ask of us today only one thing in return — that we remember them," he said.

President Obama laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier and delivered remarks honoring those who have given their lives in service of the United States.

"Everyone here is someone’s hero."

Senator John McCain, a Vietnam prisoner of war, spoke at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

"History does not remember all of them as individuals, we don’t even know where they all rest, but we must not forget what they did," Senator McCain said.

Observance ceremonies were also held at the World War II memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and the Air Force also remembered its fallen airmen.

Veterans, families and friends all turned out.

"This flag was my grandfather’s burial flag. I bring it back to Arlington and I set it on his grave and take a picture and say hi to my grandfather and my Dad," said Vietnam veteran, Mark Spaulding.

And chairman of the joint chiefs of staff — General Joseph Dunford — offered up his own tribute from Arlington.

"I don’t believe our focus today should be on how these men and women died. it’s how they lived that’s important. It’s how they lived that makes us remember them," General Dunford said.

And while President Obama gave his final Memorial Day speech in D.C., he also honored two fallen heroes who have connections in Southern California.

The president recognized two local heroes, Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV and Marine Staff Sergeant Louis Cardin.

Keating was killed in Iraq earlier this month while helping the Iraq soldiers fighting ISIS near Mosul.

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As a Navy SEAL, he was stationed in San Diego.

Back in March, 27-year-old Louis Cardin from Temecula was also killed in Iraq by ISIS forces.

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Both were buried with top honors, one at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and the other in Temecula.

Cardin and Keating were two of three American military deaths in Iraq since more troops were deployed in July of last year.

The president had flowers sent to both of their graves as well as an American flag to both the mother of Cardin and the wife of Keating.

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