President Obama Respects Confederate Soldiers In Face of Petition

President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 25,2009, during a Memorial Day ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 25,2009, during a Memorial Day ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

President Obama holds one of the most important positions in memorializing the dead soldiers during his first stint as President during the Memorial day holiday yesterday.  Since he did not serve in the armed forces himself, he has made extreme efforts to show his support of those who have. 

But, he was interrupted with a petition from approximately 60 professors asking the President not to acknowledge the Confederate soldiers of the Civil War.  Well, the President probably chuckled at that one and proceeded with his Presidential duties.  He sent a wreath to the graves of the Confederate soldiers as well as those northern black soldiers that fought against them.

But for the first time ever for a President, he sent a memorial to the African American Civil War Memorial on U street in D.C.’s Howard University neighborhood which is predominantly black.  Read here to see the eloquent words he chose to carry out his tasks for the day.

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