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Obama, Duckworth Lay Veterans Day Wreath

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    Obama, Duckworth Lay Veterans Day Wreath
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    U.S. President-elect Barack Obama and Gulf War veteran Tammy Duckworth bow their heads after placing a wreath to honor America's veterans at the Bronze Soldiers Memorial at Soldier Field.

    In what is expected to be his only public appearance of the day, President-elect Barack Obama joined Illinois Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth in laying a wreath to honor veterans at the bronze Soldiers Memorial near Soldier Field Tuesday morning.

    Obama and the injured veteran shared a moment of silence at the memorial at about 11 a.m.

    His staff made certain that the press would not read anything into his visit with Duckworth.  She is said to be on the short list of those who might replace the senator in Congress.   

    There was no access to reporters allowed at the wreath laying and, therefore, no questions asked.

    Obama, Duckworth Lay Wreath at Soldiers Memorial

    [CHI] Obama, Duckworth Lay Wreath at Soldiers Memorial
    A Veterans Day event at Soldier Field was Barack Obama's only public appearance of the day Tuesday. He and the state's Veterans Affairs Director Tammy Duckworth laid a wreath at a soldiers memorial together.
    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008)

    In a statement, Obama promised that America will serve veterans as well as they have served their country. And he promised t that -- as commander in chief -- he'll work every day to keep the "sacred trust with all who have served."

    After days of meetings and a trip to Washington to meet with President Bush on Monday, Obama plans to spend the rest of the week in Chicago.

    After days of meetings and a trip to Washington to meet with on Monday, Obama plans to spend the rest of the week in Chicago.