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Memorial Day wrap-up

Memorial Day ceremonies are taking place across the country today remembering those who gave their lives defending our country.

Just hours after arriving back to Washington from his surprise trip to Afghanistan, President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
ABC News' Karen Travers has more from Washington.

A moment of silence to remember the men and women who died serving their country.
Today President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery a Presidential Memorial Day tradition.

The solemn remembrance came just hours after the president returned from a surprise, secret trip to Afghanistan

It was a quick visit - less than four hours on the ground.  The president said he took the 13 hour overnight flight to thank us Servicemembers.

"I'm here to say how proud I am of you, and I'm here to say how proud I am of your families."

The president made it clear that while this was the last tour in Afghanistan for many troops.  There will still be a US presence there after combat operations end this year.

"Because after all the sacrifices we've made, we want to preserve the gains that you have helped to win.  And we're going to make sure that Afghanistan can never again, ever, be used again to launch an attack against our country."

There are now 32,000 US Servicemembers in Afghanistan but how many will be there next year is unclear. An announcement from the president could come this week.

This quick trip to Bagram Air Field featured a rocking warm up from country star Brad Paisley and a raucous welcome for the president.
Now I'm going to shake every single hand in here (cheer) Although I may not be able to take a selfie with everybody, but I'll shake every hand.

Karen Travers, ABC News, Washington.