It may be unavoidable in an election year, but Memorial Day appearances by President Obama and Mitt Romney found the two at odds.
The president called for more support for veterans and their families, while the man who wants to be president declared a stronger military is the way to prevent future wars.
President Obama marked the 50th anniversary of the war in Vietnam.
A half century after Vietnam, a divided nation is trying to get out of an unpopular war, but this time there is no question about this nation's support for its veterans.
"As long as I'm president we will make sure you and your loved ones receive the benefits you earned and the respect you deserve. America will be there for you," President Obama said during a visit to Arlington National Cemetery.
In San Diego presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney honored veterans, but suggested he'd be a stronger commander in chief.
Members of the military and veterans are well represented in several battleground states and their support could play a key role in this election.
The latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll gives Romney an eight point edge among military voters, but a Reuters-Ipsos poll shows just the opposite - the president winning veterans, many of them in battleground states.