President Trump gave his first Memorial Day address on Monday at Arlington National Cemetery where he also took part in the solemn ritual of placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
“Thank you for joining us as we honor the brave warriors who gave their lives for ours--Spending their last moments on this earth in defense of this great country and its people,” the President began his address. “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.”
Trump also paid special tribute to Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly’s son Robert, who died serving his country in 2010.
“I especially want to extend our gratitude to Gen. Kelly for joining us today—an incredible man—I always call him general,” Trump said. “He understands more than most ever could, or ever will, the wounds and burdens of war.”
The President also acknowledged Gold Star families who were present in the audience, calling their fallen loved ones “angels sent to us by God,” according to Fox News.
“While we cannot know the extent of your pain, what we do know is that our gratitude to them and to you is boundless and undying—will always be there, Thank you,” he continued. “Their stories are now woven into the soul of our nation, into the stars and stripes on our flag, and into the beating hearts of our great, great people.”
Photo: President Donald Trump participates in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.
Photo courtesy: Oliver Douliery
Publication date: May 30, 2017