ABC News’ Jake Tapper and Karen Travers report: In his remarks at Arlington National Cemetery this morning, President Obama called on all Americans to observe Memorial Day, a day of “silent remembrance and solemn prayer,” by pausing for a moment of national unity at 3 pm this afternoon.
For President Obama that moment came in the middle of a round of golf at Ft. Belvoir in Virginia.
The president spent around four hours on the links this afternoon — arriving around 1:30 and leaving just before 5:30 — staying in Washington after the ceremony at Arlington instead of flying back to Camp David as he was originally scheduled.
White House aides told reporters that the president paused at 3 p.m. to observe a moment of silent prayer.
“I ask you to ring a bell or offer a prayer, say a silent thank you, and commit to give something back to this nation, something lasting in their memory, to affirm in our own lives and advance around the world those enduring ideals of justice, equality and opportunity for which they and so many generations of Americans have given that last full measure of devotion,” Obama said this morning at Arlington National Cemetery.
He also commemorated Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington and sending wreaths to four other military memorials – the Mast of the USS MAINE, the Spanish American War Memorial and the Confederate Monument, all at Arlington National Cemetery, and the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C.