'This Week' Memorial Day Interview with General Dempsey

ABC News' Martha Raddatz walks with Joint Chief of Staff Martin Dempsey in Arlington National Cemetery, and talks about needed improvements for the VA.
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commander that night ten years ago and knows well the horrors of that battle was then-two-star general martin Dempsey, now a four star and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. On this memorial day weekend, and as we prepare to wind down the war in Afghanistan, we went to the place that he visits almost every weekend, Arlington national cemetery. There is a poem, couple of lines haunt me. All has changed, changed utterly, a terrible beauty is born. This is a place of terrible beauty. Isn't it? You know the sacrifices that was made, the suffering that goes on with the families. And that's just terrible. But there's something extraordinarily beautiful about this place. There certainly is. What does this memorial day mean to you? In a couple of weeks we'll celebrate the 70th anniversary of 25,000 lost in normandy in one day. What it reminds me of is history will repeat itself on the issue of conflict. The issues that are beginning to be resolved are not ending. We're going to have a challenge with extremism in the unsettled and ungoverned spaces that run from Afghanistan to Nigeria for a long time. I would be remiss if I didn't ask you about the current problems in the veterans administration. It is outrageous, if the allegations actually are documented and proven. I suspect some of them will be. They got to be held accountable. I think that Eric shinseki has made it clear they will be held accountable. Including him? Yeah, of course. At some point the chief executive, the chairman, whoever it is, has to take responsibility for the entire organization and his performance. Tell me what you would like Americans to think about this memorial day? These are all Americans, you walk around, you're going to find people from every state in the union and every ethnicity. We're celebrating the sacrifices of them, but them are us. And we got to remember that. And now, we honor, again, our fellow Americans who serve and sacrifice. This week, the Pentagon released the name of one soldier killed in supporting operations in Afghanistan. That's all for us today. Thanks for sharing part of your Sunday with us. Check out "World news" with David Muir tonight. And on this memorial day weekend, we leave you back at Arlington national cemetery, please remember and reflect. We'll see you next week. .

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