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Text of President Obama's Remarks on Memorial Day

May 25, 2015 1:21 PM
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Video US Flooding Kills 3, Destroys 400 Homes

Flash floods from record rains in the central U.S. states of Texas and Oklahoma have left three people dead and washed away at least 400 homes.

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.

Photogallery Journalism Students Aim to Dispel Myths About Veterans

Book written and researched by University of Michigan journalism class was reviewed by veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines

Video Thirteen Killed by Mexico Tornado; 12 Missing in US Flooding

250-kilometer-an-hour twister hits Ciudad Acuna, flinging cars and big-rig trucks into the air, smashing them into houses and buildings in a seven-block area

Perry Seeks to Win Over Iowa With Frequent Visits

Former Texas governor Rick Perry says he has more policy knowledge now and more time for the early states

Nigerian Senator-Elect to Fight US Extradition, Drug Charges

Chicago prosecutors charge Buruji Kashamu was kingpin of heroin trafficking ring there in 1990s; Kashamu says prosecutors really want dead brother whom he closely resembles

Video Authorities Detonate Suspicious Device Near US Capitol

Pressure cooker located in vehicle parked near US Capitol though subsequent investigation finds 'nothing hazardous'

US Defense Chief: Iraqi Forces ‘Showed No Will to Fight’

President Obama acknowledged the loss of Ramadi was a 'tactical setback' and called for more training and commitments in Sunni areas

Juan Pablo Montoya Edges Power to Win 99th Indy 500

Monyota made dramatic passes on Will Power and Scott Dixon to take the lead over the tension-packed final laps

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.

Nobel Winner John Nash Killed in US Car Crash

The 86-year-old Nash and his wife, Alicia, 82, were killed Saturday when the driver of the taxi they were riding in lost control of the cab on the New Jersey Turnpike

Video Congressional Inaction Could End Controversial Domestic Spying Program

This week, a US spy agency is reportedly winding down its collection of Americans’ telephone records after Congress failed to reform or extend the once-secret program that expires June 1.

Video Congressional Inaction Could End Controversial Domestic Spying Program

Lawmakers left Washington for a weeklong recess without addressing the NSA’s snooping capabilities

Multimedia US Remembers War Dead on Memorial Day

Communities across the country honor those who have lost their lives in military service with parades, patriotic concerts and ceremonies, while others pause for quiet reflection

Video 71 Protesters Arrested After Cleveland Police Officer Acquitted

A total of 71 people have been arrested in the central U.S. city of Cleveland during protests following the acquittal of a white policeman in the shooting deaths of two unarmed blacks in 2012.

Multimedia US Officials Criticize Iraqi Troops After Fall of Ramadi

Ash Carter criticizes Iraq's reaction to Islamic State; National Security Advisor Susan Rice echoed Carter's concerns in an interview on CBS

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.

Video 71 Protesters Arrested in Cleveland

Judge acquits police officer who fired the last 15 of 137 rounds police shot at suspects during high-speed car chase

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