Idaho soldier, Pres. Obama lay wreaths at Arlington

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by Char Jackson / KTVB and Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 5:17 AM

TWIN FALLS - A Local soldier laid one of the five wreaths today at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery in honor of Veterans Day.  
 

Andrew Pike is from Kimberly, he was wounded by a sniper in Iraq in 2007.  He was ambushed while on foot patrol, and the bullet hit him in the abdomen below his protective vest. No one else was hurt in the attack.

A surgeon was with the platoon and dragged Pike to safety and immediately began treating his wound. He was taken to a military hospital in Germany for treatment and recovery.<.br>

Pike's aunt in Twin Falls spoke with NewsChannel 7 Wednesday. She said his family is there for the ceremony and they are all very excited. She says it is a huge honor for Andrew.

President Barack Obama was also at the national burial ground for war heroes to place a wreath at the tomb of the Unknowns.

Obama took part in a tradition honoring not only those who lost their lives in battle but also the men and women who serve U.S. military missions worldwide today.

Wearing a black raincoat, the president place a flower-laced wreath on a stand and stood over it silently for several moments. He placed his hand on his heart as a bugler played taps.

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