President Trump observes Memorial Day with somber service at Arlington
- Author: Nancy Warren May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 6:10
President Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery on Monday to perform one of the most solemn duties as commander-in-chief-laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. "We only hope that every day we can prove worthy, not only of their sacrifice and service, but of the sacrifice made by their families and loved ones they left behind-special, special people".
"We can never replace them, we can never repay them, but we can always remember, and today that is what we are doing..."
Though he acknowledged those who died in every war beginning with the Revolutionary War, Trump singled out what he called "a new generation of American patriot" which has defended the United States "from an enemy that uses the murder of innocents to wage war on humanity itself".
Trump went on to honor Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly's fallen son, Robert, and the Kelly family.
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Kelly led the U.S. Southern Command and lost his son, Robert Kelly, who stepped on a land mine while on a Marine patrol in Afghanistan in November 2010.
President Donald Trump has visited a section of Arlington National Cemetery where USA military members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.
Trump walked among the white marble headstones and greeted families who were at the cemetery to remember the nation's war dead. "We stand in awe of your son and his courageous sacrifice", Trump told David and Rose Byers, the parents. At the time, he did so alongside Vice President Mike Pence, who joined Trump at the ceremonies Monday morning.
With an unusually arresting humility and quiet grace, the president expressed clearly-heartfelt gratitude to the nation's fallen warriors and their families.
Trump hailed heroes in his first Memorial Day remarks as president at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Before the remarks, Trump laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, holding his hands on it for a long moment before stepping away. "Thank you, God bless your families & God bless the US!"
He then delivered a 20-minute address extolling not only those who died in battle, but also the Gold Star families they left behind.
"Honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America".
President Donald Trump paid tribute on Memorial Day to the men and women who have died in combat, saying they "all share one title in common and that is the title of 'hero'".
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