Obama Meets With Military Families After Speech Rained Out
ELWOOD, Ill. (AP) - President Barack Obama had been hoping to deliver a message of gratitude to the nation's military men and women on this Memorial, but the weather got in the way.
He had just taken the stage to give his address at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Illinois when the skies opened up with a late spring downpour complete with thunder, lightning and high winds.
Standing under a large umbrella, Obama told the thousands who gathered to hear him that they should return to their cars for their safety. He retreated to an administration building on the grounds of the cemetery, and then boarded a pair of buses to greet military families who came for the event. Obama had said he might be back if the rain let up but instead the speech was canceled.
After leaving the cemetery, he met privately with families of veterans and service members at the Fisher House in Hines, Ill. It's a home away from home for family members whose loved ones are getting treatment at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Hines.
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