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President Bush delivers speech honoring war dead

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - President Bush says the best way to honor America's war dead is to complete their mission. In a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery, Bush said "their sacrifice will always be remembered by a grateful nation."

He says some 270 military men and women who have died since Nine-Eleven are buried at the cemetery. And he says, "We have seen the costs in the war on terror that we fight today." Bush laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in what he calls a "sign of our solemn gratitude."

And the president says he's "in awe of" Americans who sacrificed for the country's freedom. At the sprawling cemetery where more than 300-thousand people are buried, Bush said the fallen service members show "the price of our liberty." Bush said he visited the cemetery to "honor this place where valor sleeps."