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Obama Calls on Americans to Remember Military Families

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A screen grab from President Barack Obama's weekly address (

A screen grab from President Barack Obama's weekly address (

As Americans observe Memorial Day weekend, U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on his fellow citizens to remember the men and women who have given their lives in service to the country, and to remember the military families who make sacrifices of their own.

In his weekly address Saturday, Obama noted that members of the U.S. military often risk their lives without seeking the limelight or any special reward.

He said the Memorial Day holiday, officially taking place Monday, should be a time for appreciating their sacrifice. He said the U.S. must also care for the families who have lost their loved ones in military service; make sure veterans get the care and benefits they have earned; and ensure that members of the military have the support they need to do their jobs. He said carrying out those responsibilities is both an obligation and a privilege.

In the Republican address, Senator Jim Inhofe of the tornado-ravaged state of Oklahoma praised Oklahomans for coming together to recover from the devastating tornado that struck the town of Moore last Monday. He called the community spirit that has risen in the aftermath of several tornadoes over the years "the Oklahoma Standard" and said those citizens are "America's real heroes."

Watch President Obama's address: