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warm welcome to our viewers here in the united states and arntd around the world. i'm paula newton. ahead here on "cnn newsroom" -- >> we know what works on this. it includes let's have an assault weapons ban. >> a call to action from the u.s. vice president after back to back mass shootings this texas and new york, and in the coming hours president biden travels to uvalde, his options in pursuing gun control. plus international leaders
press for a blockade on ukrainian grain k3 exports. where the possible discussions stand and how the impact is felt far beyond the battlefield. and we begin in uvalde a community still very much in mourning after the massacre that left 19 children and two teachers dead at an elementary school. amid the devastation, we're also seeing an outpouring of support from that community and beyond. on saturday, you see them there is a long line of mourners waiting to lay flowers at a memorial set up outside robb elementary school. 21 empty chairs placed outside a local business, one for each life lost during tuesday's rampage. and as the community and in fact the entire nation reel from yet another mass shooting, outrage is growing over why a group of law enforcement officers waited so long to rush the gunman.
and adrienne broaddus is in uvalde. >> reporter: we've seen a mix of emotions. anger, frustration an disappointment after that 911 call time line became more clear. but folks have wrapped their arms around the folks of uvalde and its community. i've seen lines like this, if you take a look, for folks waiting to purchase concert tickets or receive free food or other items. but these people are not waiting in line in the oppressive heat to get something. they are here to give and show their support. many have traveled from near and beyond. i talked to a person from el paso, some folks traveled from san antonio which is about 85 miles away to lay flowers, balloons and stuffed animals on the lawn of robb elementary school where those 19 students were killed and their two female teachers. parents we spoke to are stunned. they were shocked after they
learned more than 80 minutes passed between the time the initial 911 call came in and when the shooter was killed. >> they were not concerned about the real trauma that was happening inside. honestly, i think they waited too long, too long, because i was out here. i was out here and i mean i'm not the only parent that witnessed it. a lot of parents witnessed it. and then to see that they are saying that they got here quick and handled business, that is not -- that is not the way that happened. >> had they gotten there sooner and somebody would have taken immediate action, we might have more of those children here today including my daughter. >> reporter: so not only are parents upset, but this entire community is upset. and of course grieving. saturday family members and friends of one of the victims showed up here to the school and as they walked away from this overwhelming memorial, one of the relatives kept saying oh, my god, oh, my god.
adrienne broaddus, cnn, uvalde, texas. in the coming hours, u.s. president joe biden and jill biden will travel to uvalde to do something they did just a couple weeks ago after the mass shooting in buffalo, new york. they will again comfort victims of gun violence. arrest let arlette saenz has our report. >> reporter: and the president will try to offer comfort to those grieving families dealing with the losses of the two teachers an 19 young children following that shooting at robb elementary school earlier this week. the president and first lady will depart sunday morning from their home this win wilmington, delaware and travel to texas where the president is expected to meet with community leaders, religious leaders and most importantly the families who have lost their loved ones. president biden time and time again has gone into these types
of communities to try to grieve and offer comfort with them in the wake of their losses. of course the president himself has a very strong personal experience with loss as well having lost his wife and young baby daughter in a car accident, and then additionally his son later in life beau biden who passed away from cancer. but ahead of this visit to uvalde, texas, president biden spoke at a commencement ceremony at the university of delaware where he talked about his trip and also issued a call to action for the next generation. >> tomorrow i'll be heading to uvalde, texas, meeting each of those families. as i speak, those parents are literally preparing to bury their children in the united states of america, to bury their children. too much violence.
too much fear, too much grief. and while this can feel like a very dark moment in america, i'm optimistic, never more optimistic in my entire life. here is why. i mean this, my word as a biden, i mean it, because of you, this generation, your generation makes me more optimistic. >> reporter: one of the big questions thonow facing this wh house is what more can be done to prevent tragedies like this from happening again. the president has said that he wants to see stricter gun control but there is not much more that he can do on his own on the executive level. so the white house has pushed for congress to take action. there is that bipartisan group of senators who are holding preliminary discussions about possible new gun safety laws, but it is unclear what kind of traction that might get. and there are some outside groups pressing for president
biden himself to do more. but for now, that visit to uvalde, texas on sunday will give the president an opportunity to focus on offering solace, offering comfort to these grieving families who have had their lives shattered. arlette saenz, cnn, the white house. joining me now is the head of the u.s. and americas program at chatham house in london. and it is good to see you. we just heard there about the comfort and support that the president and first lady will be bringing. and they are very genuine on these trips. throughout the entire united states, most people see that especially given what is doing on in their own personal lives. but what more do they have to do especially when, you know, this tragedy is punctuated by the fact that they were just in buffalo two weeks ago? >> it is a very difficult trip for the president and the first lady. but incredibly important to
remember that as divided as the american public might be and the majority of americans are actually on the side of wanting more gun control, but there won't be any parents in america that won't grieve for these children. so i think that president biden really calling on the unity of all parents and that deep feeling that we all have for those families and that community. it will be the number one thing, but there will quickly be a desire and there already is for the president to be able to do something, not only for the community, but for the broader question of gun violence of school shootings and of which we know the numbers have spiked dramatically over the last year. and this is whereas we all know it gets incredibly difficult, but the number one thing that the president has on his side is public opinion. and the importance here i think is whether the president can
seize on this moment of national tragedy to mobilize the majority of americans in a sustained way and this is very difficult of course when you are facing that very targeted, very focused lobby that is anti-gun regulation led by the nra and many persistent and high profile republicans in congress. >> yeah, and while americans are united in their grief, there is polarization in the country. and joe biden has not been known as the bipartisan broker that he used to be throughout his presidency. i mean, how do you see him actually being able to do anything through this? because he does not have even on his side the goodwill that barack obama had after sandy hook. >> there is a polarization in the united states, and it has increased dramatically between 2016 and 2020. but on gun -- on the question of
guns, vast majority of americans want to see more gun controls. we saw the poll that came out just after these devastatings killings in texas. 88% of americans would like to see more background checks, well over 60% support a ban on assault weapons like we used to have in the united states. so again, there is public support even in a polarized america. and remember polarization doesn't naturally happen, it takes mobilization by leaders who wish to see division because it suits their political purposes. we've seen the republican party mob mobilize individuals for things that actually the broad base of america doesn't support. so the president has got to get out in front of this, it is a very difficult thing do. he needs to appoint individuals at the heist levels in the white house to sustain the public support for doing something about the very devastating and deep problem of guns in america. congress is a block.
but congress can't hold back if the american public pushes hard enough. >> and yet we don't know how much influence even any of those public opinion polls will have. we heard from the vice president being very strong on this, and yet i was not surprised to see that the white house literally promised nothing after this massacre, not so far. they know that they have tried and failed before. do you think there is anything that he could do when it comes to perhaps an executive order? because there is a lot of controversy as you know about the filibuster in the united states and about whether or not the senate could ever get anything passed when you even have democratic senators like joe manchin saying, look, it would be total insanity if we tried to ram through even gun legislation with a 50 plus one majority in the senate. >> yeah, there is a question, we're not seeing right now any evidence that the president intends to use executive orders. i'm sure there are many conversations going on about whether there should be an
executive order again to appoint those at the highest level to take on this issue in the white house, the question of more background checks, could it be done through executive order. but there is a failure of so many levels, the police in texas, the response demonstrates that the argument of arming individuals whether they are police or teachers doesn't solve the problem. we had armed people there that didn't enter the classroom. so there is the failure at the local and national level and the president does need to demonstrate first sympathy for those individuals, but really that he can take on this issue and drive it forward. the leading cause of death among young americans is violence due to the use of guns. takes traumatic situation and again the majority of americans would like to see something done about this. >> yeah, and perhaps it would all coalesce around the point that you made, there is no parent in america that is not grieving this tragedy at this hour.
leslie, thank you. heated battles are raging around the key city of severdonetsk. and ukraine says it is in a tough defensive push as russian troops push into the city's outskirts. that is ahead. and plus world leaders warn of a global food crisis, what they want vladimir putin to do to prevent it. you don't know how much pressure you put on your septic system. but rid-x does. in a 21 month study, scientists proved that rid- x reduces up to 20% ofof waste build up every month. take the pressuree off with rid-x.
ukrainian military says some of the most intense fighting of the war is taking place in the eastern donbas region. and a fierce battle is raging on the northern outskirts of severdonetsk. near kharkiv, reuters reports an apparent missile strike on a solar power facility. the site manager tells roirts he believes two missiles were launched from russian territory causing extensive damage. and ukraine is accusing russia of looting the recently captured port of mariupol. russian state media reports a
c cargo shep has arrive there had to transport metal to russia. and moscow had a hypersonic missile test. the new zircon missile through over 600,000 miles to a target on russia's coast. and cnn correspondents are covering it from every angel. melissa bell is in kyiv where ukraine says the weapons it has already received from the united states and other western nations have been a great help but they need more. melissa. >> reporter: there has been more intense fighting in eastern ukraine, although kyiv is saying that the key town of severdonetsk has not fallen to the russians. but still kyiv is appealing for more help, more weaponry, because it says that the balance of pow over the feed and specifically that front lean wher
line where russian forces have been pressing ahead is still looking extremely tense from their point of view. bear in mind of course that they have been held hugely by some of the javelin anti-tank weapons systems and the stinger systems have proven key in helping ukraine push back the russian offensive. so far we sasse last week for the first time in use on the ground some of the switch blade targeted drones that the united states has provided 100 of. but it is now long range rocket systems that kyiv is looking for. washington has said that it will consider the proposal but it has not yet made a firm decision. melissa bell, cnn, kyiv. and the kremlin is coming under new pressure to negotiate with ukraine. vladimir putin was pressed by french and german leaders who spoke with him by phone saturday. ukraine is one of the world's top wheat producers and those western leaders also urged mr. putin to lift russia's block and
i had ofblock and i had of the port of odesa on the shipments can start moving again. tens of millions of people will face food shortages if the blockade is not lifted. for more,ed ednada about a here joining us. it seems that vladimir putin wants to use this as a bargaining chip, not a concession. is there hope for negotiations on this? >> the kremlin and parent have chosen their words very carefully around that issue. this is a huge point of contention for the international community. according to the kremlin, vladimir putin has said that he would ease and avoid this potential food crisis as we understand it caused by the blockade on the black sea and
those key ports for the export of ukrainian grain. but we've heard from kremlin spokesperson dimitry peskov laying the blame on the west, they have said that they will only engage in these sorts of talks and these discussions if the west lifts what they have described as politically motivated restrictions on russia. so namely those sanctions that we've seen put in place by the european union and other nato allies, the eu as well trying to phase out its dependency on russian oil. the kremlin, moscow, wants to see the decisions reversed. this has been a key tool used by the european union and nato to put pressure on russia, immense economic pressure on russia. and we've heard from the european commission president reacting to this, she says they believes moscow is trying to weaponize the food crisis, the food security crisis, and that is something that has been completely echoed by ukrainian president zelevolodymyr zelensk.
take a listen. >> translator: terror on earth in ukraine? terror in the energy market of europe? not just our country. terror in the food market and on a global scale. >> reporter: he used the word terror there. and as you mentioned, ukraine is one of the key exporters of grain to africa and the middle east hugely dependent on these exports. you heard from zelenskyy warning that some 22 million tons of ukrainian grain are currently unable to leave the country, that is about half of ukraine export supplies. and the world food program have continuously warned that africa and the middle east could soon face famine -like conditions if this is not lifted. and this will be a key foe curse du focus on the summit.
and the chairman of the african unit has been invited to the summit given the acute vulnerability when comes to this food crisis. >> definitely something they want to put center stage right now. nada bashir, appreciate it. and perhaps now a famine in somalia. and the conflict is part of a perfect storm of problems that is creating severe food shortages, tens of thousands of people can't get enough to eat. zain asher reports some of the youngest somalis never had a chance. >> reporter: the bodies of these twins are buried here. these babies only lived one day. they were born four weeks early after their other could barely get enough food to survive. this is the reality in southern somalia, going through its worst drought in 40 years. according to the u.n., about
81,000 people are facing famine conditions in parts of the country. >> this is the fourth consecutive drought since 2011, since the famine. the food price are going up, the covid impact is still there, the climate change is there. and also conflict continues. so we have all the four cs in addition to ukraine crisis. >> reporter: in addition to the droughts, global attention and funding has been focused on the conflict in ukraine. the war has halted food exports and is driving up prices, causing a global food crisis. >> 49 million in 43 countries are knocking on famine's door. and what that means if we don't reach that 49 million, you will have famine, you will have destabilization of nations and mass migration. conditions now are much worse than the arab spring of 2007, 8
and 9. >> reporter: to make matters worst, high commodity prices and fuel prices have compounded the problem. one farmer is losing up to 80% of projected revenues because of the drought and high inflation. >> translator: the high cost of fuel has also affected us, most of the local farmers are unable to buy fuel as they used to, and as a result, they have incurred losses. because of the high fuel costs, we are now feeling a spiral effect in the cost of transportation, food and all other essential commodities. >> reporter: the united nations plan to provide emergency aid is far from fully funded. not enough to help all somalis in need and not in time to save children like these twins. zain asher, cnn. and kamala harris attended a funeral of one of the victims of
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welcome back to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm paula newton and this is "cnn newsroom." president biden will travel to uvalde, texas in the coming hours in a role that is all-too familiar, consoling a grieving community after yet another school shooting in america. tuesday's massacre at robb elementary left 19 children and
two teachers dead. but amid the grief there is also growing outrage about why law enforcement officers waited so long to rush the gunman even as children inside the school repeatedly called for help. earlier cnn spoke with texas senator guttierez. here is his message for the families who are angry and questioning the police response. >> we're all angry. law enforcement is angry. i had a lodge conference this morning on the way in with steve mcgraw and he was crying to me and i'm crying to him. and everybody is frustrated about the failures about what happened. he has assured me that i will have a detailed report including ballistics by next week. i want to know when each agency was here, moving forward, assured me that there will never again be a standdown for any law
enforcement agency. i hope that that is true. >> mr. mcgraw is head state official in charges of security there in texas. meantime on saturday, the u.s. vice president paid tribute to the victims of another mass shooting. kamala harris laid flowers at the site of the top supermarket shooting in buffalo, new york. 10 people were killed when a white male gunman opened fire at the supermarket in a largely black neighborhood two weeks ago. the vice president also attended the funeral of ruth whitfield, she was the eldest person killed in that shooting. shortly before she left buffalo, the vice president called for a ban on assault weapons. >> we know what works on this. it includes let's have an assault weapons ban. do you know what an assault weapon is, do you know how an assault weapon was designed, it was designed for a specific
purpose. to kill a lot of human beings quickly. an assault weapon is a weapon of war. with no place -- no place in a civil society. >> joe johns is there in buffalo for us and has more now. >> reporter: the remarks of the vice president at this memorial service in buffalo were brief and very impassioned. she did speak with the family members of victims of the shooting here this buffalo. she also talked of course with family members of ruth whitfield, the 86-year-old woman who was being imorrialized. but the initial guidance had been that she did not want to speak at the memorial service because she was concerned that she might be accused of politicizing the event. nonetheless she was called on to speak by reverend al sharpton and she talked about hate and fear, two of the things that she sees as tying together so many of the mass shootings in the
united states. >> this is a moment that requires all good people, all god loving people, to stand up and say we will not stand for this. enough is enough. we will come together based on what we all know we have in common and we will not let those people who are motivated by hate separate us or make us feel fear. >> reporter: before departing buffalo, the vice president also talked with reporters about some of the policy issues facing legislators back in washington including the issue of an assault weapons ban and expanded background checks for guns. joe johns, cnn, buffalo. here is a sobering development. guns are now the leading cause of death for children in the united states. they have eclipsed auto accidents which were the leading cause of death for child deaths for more than 60 years. for 2020 the recent year for
complete records, more than 45,000 children were killed in firearm-related incidents. think about that. 45,000. mass shootings are ap-paul being but only claim a small fraction of total victims. children die every day from guns in the united states. thous for years medical professionals have tried to call attention to the gun violence as an epidemic. among those is an emergency room physician and academic dean of public health at brown university. she recently wrote a piece in the "atlantic" about an e.r. doctor's approach to the gun crisis. she writes come are to public health is the idea that you have to think on a larger scale. not just about the patient in front of you, but also about individual and population-level risk factors. and a short time ago i spoke with the doctor about her op-ed piece. take a listen. >> this is not a new problem,
paula. we have been seeing the number of firearm injuries and deaths rise year upon year for over a deck ade now. many of us in medicine and public health have been trying to call attention to it. we saw that firearms became the second leading cause of death for kids. now it is the first leading cause of death. day after day in emergency departments across the country, we take care of these victims of firearm injury and we keep asking, when does this become enough. for us as a nation to care, for us to be ready to apply those same public health tools that we apply to any other epidemic to this problem that is literally killing our kids. >> and again, you just said it, the trauma that you see in your emergency rooms on children and the victims of gun violence. you say that there can be a third way. and this is what we want to get into. and what is most intriguing here is that you say it will get us
away from the futile stalemate, right? what does it entail? >> the way that i and many others want to approach firearm injury and have been trying to do, often with our own funds, with foundation money or with a small amount of federal funds that have been appropriated for this issue, is to deal with firearm injury the same way that we deal with any other health problem. we start with getting data, we figure out who is at risk, we develop interventions that work, and then we put them in place. that is what we did for covid, right? we developed vaccines, we figured out that masking works, we figured out that ventilation works. together we certainly haven't gotten rid of every covid death, but we've made a lot of progress. same thing for heart disease, for car crashes. we've shown over and over that if you use science, you can make progress certainly policy is part of that progress, but policy alone is never sufficient. again, look at covid.
masks are absolutely critical. we can look at all the division in the country around masking. what also matters is getting vaccines in arms. s same thing for guns. we can make policy changes that would make a huge difference, but wheel weile we're waiting, do things to a community level to help change the trajectory so we can stop people from having to come through the door of my and other e.r.s for care. >> next hour we'll show you my entire interview with her and why she says firearm owners are part of the solution in trying to curb gun violence. now, if you would like to providing financial support or blood donations to the victims in mass shootings, go to cnn.com/impact, you will find several ways to help there.
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bracing for possible new violence ahead of nationalist marches expected to get under way in the coming hours. israeli right wing groups are set to march through the old part of the city to mark jerusalem day holiday. and the event has led to violence in the past but now there is even more reason for concern. [ chanting ] israeli troops shot and killed a 14-year-old palestinian boy friday, his funeral was held on saturday. but israeli officials and eyewitnesses offer very different accounts of how the teen was killed. for more on all this, we're joined by atika shubert near the
area where the marches are expected to pass. good to have you there on the ground. tensions are always high during these marches. you know better than most. and yet ever more fraught given recent events. what is expected? >> reporter: i think this is always a day that shows just how bitterly contested jerusalem is. of course for those that are coming here for the march, they see this what is known as a day of celebration, for them they see this day that marks the day that israel took jerusalem as a city in 1967 as a day to celebrate and march through in what is really a forceful declaration of israeli sovereignty. and recently in years many young jewish nationalists have flocked here to march through the city with israeli flags singing songs and dancing. and it really has become a very serious point of contention.
while for them it is a reason to celebrate, for many palestinians to see this as a provocation particularly as the march will be going through deamascus gate behind me whether many live. so a lot of heated rhetoric going into this day, hamas for example has threatened to escalate violence if the march goes ahead as planned. last year hamas actually fired rockets towards jerusalem in order to disrupt the march. and that followed with several days of fighting in gaza. so there is a lot of tension going in. as a result thousands of israeli police have been deployed to try to keep tensions from boiling over. but it will be a difficult day i think for them and i think that it will be very difficult when we start to see those crowds gather. we'll have to see how it goes, paula. >> yeah, and i know that you will be on the scene there for us in the coming hours. thanks so much. we'll bring you updates as we
have them. a commercial flight with 22 people on board is missing , th plane traveling to a popular tourist town in central nepal. 19 passengers and three crew members were on board. the plane went missing just before 10:00 in the morning local time on sunday. and the nepalese army is searching for the missing aircraft. iran is trying to show off what it describes as a top secret drone base that has never been seen before by the public. state media broadcasts this footage, you see it there, it says that it shows dozens of doan drones and missiles in a secret underground base. tie ran has a tie has a history
making dubious claims. and including this plane that couldn't even get off the ground fw . human rights chief is defending a trip to china. and she insists that her recent six day trip including to the western region of was never meant to be an investigation of the human rights abused against uighur and mostly other minority muslims. it was the first visit in 17 years and critics say it was a mistake as beijing tightly controlled access. and the u.n. official says that she shares the concerns. >> they have a terrible serious impact on the lives of victims including those tasked to protect the community, but it is critical that counterterrorism responses do not result in human rights violations. >> beijing has repeatedly denied
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rio madrid fans partied late into the night after they won the champions league saturday beating liverpool 1-nil. there was just one goal of the match while the goalkeeper held liverpool to a shutout. this was in fact the team's fifth champions league title in nine years and their 14th overall. and start of the match was delayed by chaos outside the gates of the stadium in paris. and alex thomas was there and has our details. >> reporter: for a second year running, a major football final has been marred by clashes between police and fans and urgent investigations are under
way to discover exactly what went wrong. in 2021, it was the european championship final between england and italy at london's w wembley stadium. and now another event, the renowned champions league final with a worldwide tv audience greater than the super bowls. and all those broadcasters forced to wait as kickoff was delayed by more than half an hour because organizers couldn't get all the fans with tickets safely into the stadium in time. a paris police spokesperson saying people without tickets forced the barriers and tried to get inside the stadium to watch the match. officers intervened to repel troubl troublemakers and facilitate access for spectators with tickets. uefa oconfirmed that police use
tear gas. i was given eyewitness accounts of how indiscriminate the use of tear gas and pepper spray was, people telling me even children were caught up in it, at one stage the entire stadium was in a lockdown. liverpool said this is the greatest match in european football and supporters should not have to experience the scenes we have witnessed tonight. we have officially requested a formal investigation into the causes of these unacceptable issues. for a club that lost 97 fans at the 1989 hillsborough tragedy, seeing their supporters in a frightening crush was particularly troubling. this should have been simply a fun sporting event on a day that started with smiling fans e enjoying the paris sun looking
forward to a great game. but it ended in violence and recriminations. alex thomas, cnn, paris. the united states is marking the memorial day holiday weekend, traditional start of summer in the united states, with the weather and temperatures in parts of the country just not conducive to the cookouts and outdoor activities. derek van dam has more now. >> that's right, many of us celebrating the memorial day weekend and of course being an extended weekend, people are traveling. today we'll have to keep a particular close eye to the weather across the northern plains and into the upper midwest. in fact we have the chance of severe storms for over 7 million americans. i'll highlight those areas in a moment. all clear along the east coast. in fact looking very nice for your sunday. even into memorial day, temperatures are going to be up and up through the next couple of days for places like new york city, as well as boston. here is a look at our severe
weather setup the next couple of days. we have enhanced risk of severe storms across portions of minnesota, stretching into the dakotas as well as nebraska. and then basically the same areas once again on monday. so maybe you are celebrating memorial day or traveling home from your destination, you will want to keep an eye to the sky especially in minneapolis, you will see the wave of thunderstorms that will line up from sunday and once again into the day on monday thanks to the low pressure system moving through. any of these slow moving thunderstorms could produce a significant amount of rain as well, upwards of 1 to 2 inches of rain, maybe higher, and that could pose localized flooding threats as well. i wish we could bring some of the rain to the southwest. still over 7 million americans under red flag warnings. and fire conditions today are critical. and in new mexico, still have the state's largest wildfire burning out of control even though we have had some
improvements on the containment. winds will just pick up and we have very dry conditions in place, drought still ongoing for this area of course. we've been talking about that. the hermit's peak, calf canyon fire, well over 300,000 acres. memorial day forecast looking great if you are in new york or the nation's capital. temperatures in the upper 80s and lower 90s. paula, back to you. >> thanks, derek. and here in the united states of course millions of americans will mark memorial day weekend by monitoring military members who died serving their country. ♪ my hero ♪ >> we just gave you a little sneak peek at the national memorial day concert in washington, d.c. sunday's event will feature a long list of performers paying r tribute to fallen military heros about monday is the official
holiday. and it is also the unofficial start of summer here in the united states. as arlington national cemetery, that was the site yesterday of a moving event that also marks the holiday. the so-called flowers of remembrance day ceremony. it pays homage to the first memorial day in 1868 to honor those who died in the civil war. the public can lay flowers as a sign of respect for their sacrifices. the army's old guard covered every gravestone with flags. >> the flags represent, you know, some dear to our heart, wear it on our right shoulder, you know, just something to show that we thank those who came before us. >> the flags remain on the graves until after memorial day when president biden will lay a breathe at the tomb of the unknown soldier. and that wraps up this hour of "cnn newsroom."
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