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America pays its respects

Monday, May 31, 2010 - 11:07am

In New York members of the U.S. Armed Forces paid tribute to the generations who fought before them.

It was just one of many parades and observances on another Memorial Day holiday for a nation at war.

But this time in Iraq, there's hope the U.S. combat mission is near an end.

"We are very much on track right now to get to 50,000 (out) by the end of august." Says Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

In Afghanistan though, the troop surge is building.

"By the end of the year, we'll certainly from a trend standpoint know whether this thing is headed in the right direction or not." Mullen says.

President Obama, spending the holiday in Chicago, paid tribute to those who've paid the ultimate price.

"I ask you to hold all our fallen heroes in your hearts, and if you can, to lay a flower where they have come to rest´┐Ż" Obama said.

At a cemetery in New Jersey, a quiet moment at the grave site of a soldier loved and lost.

In the streets of the nation's capital, Rolling Thunder the annual motorcycle run honoring U.S. troops lost in Vietnam.

Americans are paying their respects on this Memorial Day weekend.

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