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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) – On Memorial Day, America remembers the loss of brave Americans who died fighting for freedom.
With flags at every grave, Memorial Day morning, President Obama heads to Arlington Cemetery to once again lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
Looking ahead, America faces new threats: al-Qaeda, dismantled, but not destroyed.
The president wants to scale back our use of force against terrorists:
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"Not every collection of thugs that labels themselves al Qaeda will pose a credible threat to the United States," said President Obama.
Republicans accuse him of going soft on the enemy.
"The idea that we can't have a counterterrorism footprint to respond to the future Bin Ladens of the world, I think that's dangerous," said Senator Michael McCaul.
"At a time we need resolved the most, we are sounding retreat. Our enemies are emboldened all over the planet," said Graham Fox.
Memorial Day is a time of mourning and celebration.
Sunday night's Memorial Day concert reminds us of America’s bonds in time of war, even when that war is changing.
Monday we'll also see ceremonies at a number of memorials in Washington, including veterans from World War 2, Vietnam and women who died in service to our country.