Obama visits Arlington National Cemetery
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama make a stop at Section 60 to mark the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
September 11th, 2012
04:01 PM ET

Obama visits Arlington National Cemetery

President Obama and First Lady Michelle made a detour on their way home from speaking at this morning's 9/11 anniversary ceremony at the Pentagon by stopping by Arlington National Cemetery.

The first couple visited Section 60, an area of the cemetery where casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are laid to rest. While there, he placed ten presidential challenge coins on a large gravestone which honors the 10 members of the military and DEA who were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan on October 26, 2009.

Challenge coins are "medallions bearing insignia passed out by commanders as motivation or to honor achievement." President Obama has given them out to veterans he has met at different events in his presidency. He also left challenge coins at the memorials of the victims of the Ft. Hood shootings in 2009.

This was the president's fourth trip to Section 60 since taking office, including a stop last year to commemorate a decade since the deadly attacks.

POTUS's schedule for 9/11 anniversary
September 11th, 2012
09:10 AM ET

POTUS's schedule for 9/11 anniversary

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with solemn events today. He and the first lady started the morning with a moment of silence at 8:46, the moment the first plane hit the first building of the World Trade Center. Later this morning, he and Mrs. Obama will travel to the Pentagon to participate in the remembrance ceremony there. He'll lay a wreath and give remarks. Then rest of this afternoon, he'll be visiting wound troops at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. That visit will be away from cameras but he'll return to the White House this afternoon for a meeting with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Vice President Biden is in Shanksville this morning, participating in that ceremony.

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