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President Obama returns to the White House after paying respects to fallen servicemen

msnbc.com news services report:

Obama and top military officials joined families in witnessing what the Pentagon called the "dignified transfer" of remains at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, home of the largest U.S. military mortuary.

A White House official said Obama at Dover boarded each of the two huge C-17 aircraft holding the remains and paid his respects and joined in a prayer, NBC News reported.

He then spent 70 minutes offering condolences to about 250 family members and armed service personnel. Read the full story.