Trump Delivers Memorial Day Remarks At Arlington Nationals Cemetery

Trump Delivers Memorial Day Remarks At Arlington Nationals Cemetery

President Donald Trump will honor USA service members who made the ultimate sacrifice when he visits Arlington National Cemetery in recognition of Memorial Day Monday morning.

"Thank you for joining us as we honor the fearless warriors who gave their lives for ours-Spending their last moments on this earth in defense of this great country and its people", Trump began.

The president spoke of the sacrifice of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly's family whose son Robert was killed in Afghanistan in 2010. While it is OK to have fun, we should also recall that is a date to honor those who have served, and died, for their country. Bob Dole, who was severely wounded in action during World War II.

The president was joined at the ceremony by Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and several members of his staff. Some of Trump's political advisers, including Steve Bannon, worry about a slippery slope into nation building, but the president has not publicly indicated which way he is leaning.

"We pledge to you that we will always remember Robert and what he did for all of us", Trump said.

"To every Gold Star family, God is with you, and your loved ones are with Him", Mr. Trump said in a ceremony at Arlington. "They all share one title - and that is the title of 'hero.' Their legacy will endure forever".

President Trump lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. He also noted the attendance of former Sen. He attended the ceremony along with his wife, Elizabeth Dole, also a former US senator. I also request the people of the United States to display the flag at half-staff from their homes for the customary forenoon period.

Trump has never apologized for those remarks, but in his speech Monday he lavished warm praise on other veterans.

The sun broke through the clouds as the president's motorcade crossed Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River on the way to the cemetery.

Participating in the somber, annual observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Trump recounted the stories of Green Beret Capt. Andrew D. Byers of Colorado Springs and Christopher D. Horton of the Oklahoma National Guard as Byers' tearful parents and Horton's emotional widow looked on.

She said her loved one's "name was Jimmy".

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