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family, to every survivor, and family member and care giver, this grateful nation owes you as well as the person you lost. we can never repay the sacrifice, but we will never stop trying. we'll never fail in our duty to remember with their lives, they bought our freedom. and so with our lives, we must always live up to their example, putting service before self, caring for our neighbors as ourself, working fervently to bring our union just that much closer to fulfilling the founting creed as the secretary said that all women and men are created equal. i've often said that as a nation we have many obligations. but the only one that is truly
sacred, the only truly sacred obligation we have is to prepare and equip those women and men we send into harm's way and care for them and their families when they return home. and when they don't. this is an obligation that unites americans. and brings us together to make sure the women and men who are willing to lay down their lives for us get the very best from us in return. i want to acknowledge that we're making progress in key areas like bipartisan legislation advancing in congress that would deliver health care services and benefits to veterans and to survivors impacted by toxic exposures. you don't know how many americans and service members may have died because of what they're exposed to in the battle field. toxic smoke from burn pits near where they were based.
burn pits that were incinerated from the hazardous material and jet fuel and so much more. we have a duty to do right by them. and i'm determined to make sure that our brave service families and members that served alongside them do not wait decades for the care and benefits that they deserve. that's why we're working so hard to find out what the facts are. where we can still save lives. we have to act. all of us also have a duty to renew our commitment to the foundational values of our nation in their honor. for those are the values that have inspired generation after generation to service. on friday i spoke at a graduation at the commissioning ceremony of the u.s. naval
academy. had an opportunity to do it before as well. it was remarkable experience again. an honor. looking out at the young men and women newly commissioned commissioners embarking on a life of service, they hold before them the example of the heros who have gone before them, many of your family members. heros who have answered duty's call and conquered. bella woods who battled the bulge in afghanistan, iraq yerk and so many other places around the world. so many who never returned home. including the legacy of all those held prisoners of war or who are still missing in action. to be here today, soon after that joyful celebration at the academy, is an abrasive reminder of all that we ask of our
service members and their families. the strong shoulders and noble spirits of our service members that our freedom is built, our democracy sustained. and in this moment, when a war of aggression is once more being waged by russia to snuff out the freedom, the democracy, the very culture and identity of neighboring ukraine, we see so clearly all that's at stake. freedom has never been free. democracy has always required champions. today in the perennial struggle for democracy and freedom, ukraine and its people are on the front lines fighting to save their nation. but their fight is part of a larger fight. it unites all people. it's a fight that so many of the patriots whose eternal rest is in the hallowed grounds, were part of.
a battle between democracy and autocracy. between liberty and repression. between appetites and ambition of a few. forever seek to dominate the lives and liberties of many. a battle for essential democratic principles. the rule of law free and fair elections. freedom to speak and write and to assemble. freedom to worship as one chooses. freedom of the press. principals that are essential for a free society. you've heard this a lot. you've heard this a lot over the years. we're now reading how real it is around the world in so many countries as i speak. these are the foundations of our great experiment. but they are never guaranteed even here in america. every generation has to defeat
democracy's mortal foes. and into every generation heros are born. willing to shed their blood for that which they and we hold dear. ladies and gentlemen, today we remember and we reaffirm freedom is worth the sacrifice. democracy is not perfect. it's never been good, perfect. but it's worth fighting for. if necessary, worth dying for. it's more than just our form of government. it is part of a the very soul of america. the soul of america. our democracy is our greatest gift as a nation. made holy by those of what we lost along the way. our democracy is how we undertake the constant work of perfecting union, and we have not perfected it, but we've
never stopped trying. of opening the doors wider from opportunity and prosper by and justice for people everywhere. our democracy is how we endure through every challenge. overcome every obstacle we face through the last 246 years of self-government. and how we've come back stronger than before. let's never walk away from that. we must never betray the lives laid down to make our nation a beacon to the world. a citadel of liberty and justice for everybody. this is the mission of our time. our memorial to them must not be just a day where we pause and pray. it must be a daily commitment to act, to come together, to be worthy of the price that was paid. may god bring comfort to all those who mourn. may god bless our gold star
families and survivors. and please, god, protect our troops. god bless america and all of you. thank you. hello. you're live in the cnn news room. i'm boris sanchez today. that was president biden honoring the nation's fallen heros at arlington national cemetery on memorial day. the president saying it is a sacred ritual that he's participating in and speaking from personal experience about the loss of his son, beau. remembering his military service, and sending a message to gold star families that the loss of their loved ones will never be forgotten, saying, quote, we live in the light of the flame that they kept burning. the president adding that freedom is worth the sacrifice, talking about democracy in the united states, and its defense
across the world. also adding that the war in ukraine is an illustration of, quote, all that's at stake. later today the president and first lady are going to hold a tree planting ceremony at the white house with families of service members informal we'll keep track of all the the president is doing to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and we'll bring it to you as it unfolds. as the nation comes together to honor the fallen on memorial day, we begin this hour of news room with a nation divided over how to stop gun violence. the president is marking the holiday just one day after a trip to uvalde, texas where he promised to take action on gun legislation in the wake of yet another mass shooting. while we wait to see if washington will act on that, it's the action or inaction of law enforcement responding to the scene at robb elementary school that has enraged the families of victims and the entire community. new dispatch audio appears to
reveal that law enforcement officials were told that kids were alive and in danger and calling 9-1-1 as officers, some 19 of them, waited outside the classroom before going after the gunman. >> we have a child on the line. >> the child is in a room full of victims. >> cnn has not been able to independently confirm that audio. it's also unclear who the source is and when the words were said. the justice department, though, is reviewing the response to this shooting. we're going to dig deeper on that in a moment. right now we want to put the victims first. grief stricken families are now beginning to hold the first funeral services today for two of the students that were murdered last week. a visitation is currently underway for ten-year-old amerie joe garza. one of several kids trying to call police during the shooting. in a few hours there's going to
be a service for ten-year-old maite rodriguez. we want to go to lucy kavanaugh. tell us more about who these girls were. >> reporter: boris, i'm standing at one of the two main memorials set up to honor the 21 lives so tragically and brutally taken that tuesday, the memorial that has seen people streaming in and out here all through the weekend. you were here. you know how hot it was. it hasn't stopped the families and the community from coming here to pay their respects. but there are these two other memorials taking place. the visitation currently underway for amerie jo garza. she was two weeks past her 10th birthday when her stepfather dropped her off at school not realizing it would be the last time he saw his little girl
alive. take a listen. >> i'm a medic. when i arrived on the scene, they had kids inside. they started bringing the kids out. and i was aiding assistance. one little girl was covered in blood, head to toe, like, i thought she was injured. i asked her what was wrong. and she said she's okay. she was hysterical saying they shot her best friend, killed her best friend and she's not breathing. she was trying to call the cops. i asked the little girl the name, and she -- and she told me -- she said amerie. >> that's how you learned? >> and amerie was looking out for her classmates. she tried to call 9-1-1. tried to get help to save those in that classroom. help that unfortunately did not arrive in time. also in just a few hours, we are expecting a service for
ten-year-old maite rodriguez. she dreamed of becoming a marine biologist. her mother posting saying texas a&m university is going to name a scholarship in honor of her her fallen daughter. the mother anna rodriguez also posting on facebook, and i want to read you a little bit of what she wrote. she wrote the passing of my beautiful daughter has rocked me to my core, and i cannot wrap my head around what's happened. what i would like the world to know about my daughter is her favorite color was green. she loved the lime green converse so much that he she drew a heart on the bright one. she loved to call me mama. her favorite meal was a number 13 from what a burger. she was sweet, charismatic, loving, caring, loyal, free, am bi -- ambitious, funny, silly,
goal driven and best of all my very best friend. two teachers lost their lives protecting little ones, and this memorial will continue for days to come as the community struggles to process the tragedy that took place, a tragedy that perhaps would have been stopped. >> heart wrenching. our hearts go out to their families. they are mourning right now. and many of them are also angry, because they want accountability. let's get to that now. lucy kavanaugh from uvalde, texas, thank you. there's an investigation going on right now into the police response in uvalde, including that new dispatch audio we played for you moments ago that captured what was happening outside the school during the shooting. paula reed has details on that and what the justice department is planning to do next. >> we've just learned the justice department is expected to select someone to lead this
review in the coming days. traditionally they choose people that have experience on the ground. law enforcement experience responding to mass casualty events. the justice department has conducted similar reviews into the police response to the san bernardino terrorist attack and the pulse nightclub shooting. it looked at both of the reviews, and i think what we can expect here is investigators are going to be on the ground in texas n. they're going to want to visit the crime scene. talk to witnesses. they'll talk to victims. they'll talk to first responders. gather any kind of visual audio evidence to try to put together an accurate picture of what exactly happened there. and then they will do an analysis and try to distill lessons learned and identify best practices going forward. it's important to note this is not a criminal investigation. the justice department has many different functions. but here it's not a criminal investigation. this is an after action review
to try to distill some lessons learned. it's the mayor that requested the review in the wake of the scrutiny that's faced law enforcement and texas officials for how police responded to the incident. this may not be enough to satisfy those outraged and grieving about what happened, but it's a first step toward hopefully preventing things like this in the future. >> on ha note, we want to talk about the responsibility now of preventing another atrocity like this from happening again. specifically for lawmakers on capitol hill. one day after meeting with families who lost their children and loved ones in last week's shooting, president biden says he thinks there's a chance that republicans in washington will finally join democrats to reform gun legislation. listen to this. >> the realization on the part of rational republicans, and i consider mcconnell a rational republican, cornyn as well.
i think there's a recognition on their part that we can't continue like this. >> let's go to capitol hill and lauren fox. lauren, there is a bipartisan group of senators engaged on talks on this issue. where do the discussions stand right now? >> well, they're in their infancy at this point. lawmakers departing washington last week for a week-long recess. i'm told the negotiations aren't going to stop just because members are not in this building today. instead, what you can expect is a flurry of phone calls over the next several days as senator chris murphy, a democrat from the state of connecticut who has been trying to negotiate this issue for years now, he is going to be committed and leading this effort on the democratic side. you also can expect that senator john cornyn, a republican from the state of texas who has been dispatched by mitch mcconnell to lead the republican side of this effort is also going to be engaged in these conversations. but again, what they are looking
at is really a narrow set of provisions. things like incentivizing states to pass more red flag laws as well as strengthening background checks or access to mental health. these issues are not the big ticket items that democrats may have pushed for five, ten years ago. but they are arguing that in the wake of this tragic shooting, something, anything needs to be done. now, that's not to say there hasn't been a change of heart by some republicans. representative adam kinzinger, a republican from the state of illinois said this about an assault weapons ban. >> look, i have opposed a ban fairly recently. i think i'm open to a ban now. it's going to depend what it looks like, because there's a lot of nuances on what constitutes certain things, but i'm getting to the point where i have to wonder maybe it's -- maybe somebody to own one, maybe you need an extra license, maybe you need extra training. so the question is is it a ban versus additional certification?
>> and boris, obviously significant comment coming from a republican, but important context here. adam kinzinger is not up for reelection. he's retiring. and he's certainly on an island right now among republican members in the house when it comes to how to approach this tragedy. be looking toward smaller scale changes rather than that assault weapons ban as something that's really realistic up here on capitol hill. >> little consolation for the families of children that were murdered at this mass shooting and at too many others to list. we'll see what comes of the talks. lauren fox from capitol hill, thank you so much. we have to take a quick break. when we come back, we'll speak to experts about the police response to this shooting and potentially how to prevent more in the future. stay with cnn.
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trs grief and frustration in texas as the first funeral services are being held in uvalde for the victims of last week's school shooting. families are demanding answers about law enforcement's delayed response. it now appears that officers on the scene were aware that at least one child called 9-1-1 from inside the classroom where the shooter was targeting them. let's get insight on all of this from counterterrorism analyst and former fbi senior intelligence adviser phil mud. also with us, retired police officer chris grolnick, you appreciate you sharing part of your memorial day with us. chris, i want to start with you. this apparent dispatch audio we played at the top of the hour, it appears that police had
realtime information that there were kids in danger in the room with the shooter. what reasons would an incident commander at that point have to have his officers still wait outside the room? >> hello, phil. thank you. i appreciate the opportunity. this is a tough subject to speak about. there is no excuse. the realtime intelligence was the sound of gunfire. a simple closer look inside the window which showed something was desperately wrong. it was raining police, and they still did not go in. there is no reason and incident commander would form a plimter after columbine. every police agency taught that. and having been involved in a mass shooting, and my thesis is written on it. i understand time is of the essence, and if you don't go in, more lives are lost. it's tragic that's what happened here. >> phil, let's talk about the department of justice investigation.
a review, a criminal investigation but rather a review of the law enforcement response in uvalde. what do you think the doj has to look at? what questions would you have? >> boy, there's a lot of them. let me break down two or three basics. we talked about communications, for example, and dispatch. there's a lot of police agencies involved here. was communication consistent? were officers getting different messages from different dispatch centers? what do you do about that if you're the commander on the scene? the next is policy and guidance to police departments. there's language around where people are saying that the officers thought someone was barricaded in the room. as we were talking about a moment ago, do you draw a lesson that says i don't care if you judge the person that's barricaded, there's a message from dispatch that says there's students that go in there, you don't have latitude to wait. in the final that i think will be difficult is consistency in training. by training i'm not talking about a classroom for an hour a year. i'm saying what do you tell
17,000 police agencies across the country about particularizing a tiny police department in active training that might be very expensive and take a lot of time when you may be dealing with as few as a handful of officers and a small department? there's a lot of lessons here. it's not going to be simple. >> and you alluded to a tremendous challenge for communities like uvalde. nobody in that police department imagined that someday that was going to happen at their elementary school. at robb elementary school. i want to bring up what texas state democrats are formally calling for in gun control legislation. they've raised this issue as a reason to call a special session. they're arguing the state should raise the purchase age for a gun from 18 to 21. to require background checks. they want to implement red flag measures. they also want to require a cooling off period for gun purchases and they would
regulate high capacity mag magazines. which of the policies do you think might have the most impact and which ones might be missing? >> a barricaded person is not a barricaded person that's actively killing someone from start to finish. so he's correct. the policies that you're specifically asking about, we have to have everything on the table. there's not one magic policy that's going to fix this. if we just make this about guns, we'll forget about mental health. they just had active shooter training. maybe it's time to reimagine how to train our departments this. we need to do more than one hour or eve an walk through. we need to have officers understanding the training and the people inside the place what the training is. it has to be wholistic. >> i want to share with you and viewers, this striking image from the new york times. a headline that says, quote, authorities said the gunman was able to obtain the weapon
legally and has repeated 15 times for 15 mass shootings. according to the paper through 2019, three out of every four mass shooters actually obtained their weapon legally. the nra points to this, and they say that this is proof that background checks don't work and shouldn't be expanded. but phil, one could look at that and say that it proves the opposite. that the country's background check system is broken, and needs to be fixed. right? >> give me a break. let me give you a four letter word. that is fact. if we had real hearings on capitol hill, let me suggest what might happen in the hearings. you would take countries where you have an equivalent level of mental health problems, for example, countries like the uk, germany, italy, france, and you might bring in japan, and ask mental health and security professionals in those countries how they've limited attacks in the countries including attacks by high capacity magazines or by semi automatic weapons. bring in people who have
experience with a fact boris, and you're going to get a consistent answer. if you want another answer, bring in the australians who severely limited access to the kinds of weapons and asked them what their murder rate was and what their suicide rate was by the weapons after. and you're going to get a fact which we will not see, i predict in this debate. >> yeah. it's hard to stomach. it's hard to stomach that, the likelihood is at least given the fact pattern that we witnessed before, that nothing will change even after the tragedy in view ya vauld. i hope i'm wrong about that. phil mudd, chris, gentlemen, thank you so much. i hope you get bbq today. >> thank you. >> thank you. on the same day that president biden says he's not sending heavy artillery to ukraine, a top ukrainian official says it's unlikely they can win the war without them. we'll take you live to kyiv for a live report after a quick break. stay with us. she's getting graded on her green investments with merrill. a-plus.
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disappointed to hear president biden saying they're not going to get everything they want. but they're getting a lot in the $40 billion aid package. >> speaking of russian president vladimir putin, the kremlin spoke out today about his health. there's a lot of speculation that he's not doing well. >> yeah. i should be clear there is at this point no evidence that russian president vladimir putin is ill. there have been suggestions that because of occasionally he may look tired or maybe a puffiness that wasn't seen in his face in the past that that may be associated with some form of illness, but there's no evidence to that. there's been a lot of speculation with anonymous sources across western media suggesting he might have some kind of illness. but still, russian foreign minister, and i paraphrase here, essentially saying look, he's appearing regularly on television. he's a man who is clearly in full control of his functions and not somebody who is sick or
suffering from a severe illness. we don't know. so much we won't know about, but it appears the russian government felt it had to say something publicly about this topic. we don't know. is it speculation becoming rampant or because it's genuinely a problem? >> there's a lot of videos purporting to show vladimir putin shaking and apparently other signs of unhealthiness. the kremlin obviously denying that. nick paton walsh from kyiv. thank you very much. americans might be sick of dealing with high gas prices, or literally sick from covid as five times more people are infected this year over last. but millions are still hitting the road or skies this holiday weekend. we've got your travel update moments away. >> julia was a cultural force. >> she was a pop icon.
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to find anything cheap, any good deal in 2022, it seems. we're hearing from travelers who are flying instead of driving their normal memorial day weekend road trip because that is cheaper when you think about gas prices. this is all coming during a huge test for travel evers, a huge test for airlines. the first big travel rush where the transportation mass mandate is gone. also during a time when airlines are facing these huge worker shortages and they're having to cancel and shutter flights by the hundreds. airlines here in the u.s. have cancelled 360 flights today alone. about 2200 flights in total since friday. so many people are rushing back to the airlines. the tsa screened about 2 .1 million people at airports across the country yesterday. screening 2 .21 million people today. these numbers are about 90% of where we were back in 2019 before the pandemic.
what's interesting is the tsa says as the summer continues we could see these numbers exceed prepandemic levels. i want you to listen to pete buttigieg when i asked him whether or not airlines are up to this challenge. >> we saw a lot of airlines during the pandemic thinning out their schedules, and thinning out their work force not knowing when demand was going to return. now faster than expected, the demand has come roaring back, and they are struggling to keep up. that's true whether we're talking about flight attendants or pilots. we've got to make sure we have short-term and long-term approaches. >> one of the short-term approaches being taken at delta, they're cancelling flights ahead of time. in the month of july, shedding about 100 flights a day from the schedule there. memorial day weekend is really mostly a driving holiday. aaa anticipates about 34.9 million people driving 50 miles or more over the five-day
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there is a new cnn film premiering tonight. "julia" tells the story of julia cooke. ana cabrera has a preview. >> there would be no emeril, no barefoot contessa or rachel ray, if not for julia child, the original television celebrity chef who brought elevated french cooking to the american masses. julia was first introduced to cooking in france, where she lived with her husband, paul, after world war ii. >> as soon as i got into france and realized what it was all
about, it came upon me that was what i had been looking for all my life. i decided that i would really like to do serious delving into cuisines. >> after the cordon bleu, julia partnered with friends and fellow chefs to master the art of french cooking. to promote her cookbook, julia appeared on wbgh -- >> the only way you learn how to flip things is just to flip them. >> the appearance was such a success, the producers offered julia, already in her 50s, her own show, the french chef, one of the first cooking shows to ever appear on american television, premiered on wgbh in 1963. >> this is the stew of stews.
>> julia child became a tv powerhouse, enchanting american audiences with her voice and demeanor, becoming a beloved cultural icon. >> please welcome julia child. >> it's hard to overstate the impact julia child had on american cooking. >> her coming on television and telling america that they could make great food out of the supermarket virtually changed the landscape of food in america. >> and it created a whole universe of charismatic chefs taking to tv and social media to teach people at home that everyone can cook. >> this is julia child. bon appetit. >> ana cabrera, cnn. >> thanks to ana for that preview. the film "julia" premieres
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