Local groups honor fallen heroes for Memorial Day 2016

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Folks in the Brazos Valley and across the nation paused today to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Several events were held in Bryan and College Station on Monday.

More than 800 flags donated by the National Sojourners were placed at the College Station cemetery to honor our heroes.

In Bryan, Major General Jake Betty from the Texas State Guard was guest speaker at a Memorial Day event at the American Legion Post 159.

To view our reports from both events, click on the video players above.

President Barack Obama has laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns to honor members of the military who died serving their country.

Obama's appearance at Arlington National Cemetery carries on a longstanding presidential tradition and comes as the U.S. struggles to end various conflicts in the Middle East.

Special operations forces continue to serve in dangerous missions in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, even as the U.S. military presence in the latter two countries has been greatly reduced under Obama's watch.

The focus in Iraq and Syria is on defeating the Islamic State group. In Afghanistan, U.S. troops work with Afghan forces battling the Taliban.

Prior to traveling to Arlington, Obama held a breakfast reception at the White House for family members of fallen service members and veterans groups.