Trump hails the fallen and their families at Arlington

Malcolm Fuller
May 30, 2017

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

Trump also singled out for special mention Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired Marine four-star general whose son, Marine 2nd Lieutenant Robert M. Kelly, was killed in November 2010 after he stepped on a land mine while on patrol in southern Afghanistan.

In his speech, Trump offered the nation's respect to Gold Star families and told the stories of some slain soldiers, like Maj.

"Thank you, God bless you, God bless our fallen heroes, God bless their families, God bless our military and God bless the United States of America", he added.

Instead of endless war-memorial platitudes, Mr. Trump, who attended a military secondary school, personalized his part of the ceremony.

Trump called on Americans to look into the eyes of people who had lost loved ones in the military and thank them for their sacrifice.

The president delivered a brief speech to the crowd that had gathered after fulfilling the traditional duty of the Commander-in-Chief on Memorial Day; laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Trump is also set to lay a wreath Monday at the cemetery, the final resting place for many US military members and others who have served the country.

He says, "Some kids just say it's another day off school, but if I can be a help and let people know what it really means by serving, then that's better off for me and for them". Trump decried being "viciously attacked" by the Khans, who are Muslim, and questioned why Ghazala Khan, Humayun Khan's mother, did not speak as she stood next to her husband, Khizr Khan, at the convention, during which they said Trump "sacrificed nothing" for the country.

"Here at this hallowed shrine, we honor the noblest among us, the men and women who paid the ultimate price for victory and for freedom", said Trump. "Home of the free, because of the courageous", he tweeted even earlier Monday morning.

Monday's Memorial Day event was the first public appearance for President Trump since returning late Saturday from a nine-day trip overseas.

"It is Memorial Day 2017", Pence said.

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