In honor of Memorial Day, two major observances to honor fallen military took place this morning in Lubbock.

The first was at the City of Lubbock Cemetery with featured speakers Naval Commander, and former state representative, Carl Isett and Lubbock City Councilman Floyd Price. The service at the City of Lubbock Cemetery was sponsored by the Nancy Anderson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and American Legion Post 575.

The second observance was at Resthaven Memorial Park in northwest Lubbock with Congressman Randy Neugebauer as the featured speaker.

Texas Governor Rick Perry this morning honored fallen military service members at the Williamson County Memorial Day Ceremony at the Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza.

And nationally, one group of American veterans is being singled out for special praise on this Memorial Day.

President Barack Obama, speaking at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, said Americans who served during the Vietnam era were under-appreciated and often maligned. He says the way they were treated when they returned home was a "national shame, a disgrace" -- and he says that should never happen again.

Earlier, at Arlington National Cemetery, he paid tribute to the men and women who have died in service to their country, saying the United States must strive "to be a nation worthy of your sacrifice."

Obama noted that for the first time in nine years Americans "are not fighting and dying in Iraq" and the war in Afghanistan is "winding down."