Memorial Day joined Americans across the nation Monday as they honored U.S. service men and women.
President Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
In his remarks, the president said most of the 60,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan would be coming home by the end of next year.
"This time next year, we will mark the final Memorial Day of our war in Afghanistan," he said. "But even as we turn the page on a decade of conflict, our nation is still at war."
Obama admonished Americans to remember their countrymen abroad, who are putting their lives on the line every day.
"Let it be our task, every single one of us, to honor the strength and the resolve and the love these brave Americans felt for each other and for our country," he said. "Let us never forget to always remember and to be worthy of the sacrifice they make in our name."
Nearly 7,000 service members have been killed in more than a decade since the war on terror began.