President Obama honored the nation’s fallen on Memorial Day with a special shout-out to three Americans who died combating the Islamic State in Iraq during the past year.
During a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the president said Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV, 31; Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Louis Cardin, 27; and Army Master Sgt. Joshua Wheeler, 39, were among those who “didn’t speak the loudest about their patriotism. They let their actions do that.”
Wheeler’s wife, Ashley, seated with their 10-month-old son, received a standing ovation when the president noted her attendance. Wheeler was the first U.S. service member killed last October in the war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS.