Trump visits graves of recent war casualties in Arlington

Violet Tucker
May 30, 2017

Following a 149-year-old tradition that dates back to President Ulysses S. Grant, Trump began his first visit to the cemetery as president by 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 this sacrifice made by the families and loved ones they left behind... special, special people", he said.

Trump honored Gold Star families calling their fallen loved ones "angels sent to us by God", in his first public address since returning from his first trip overseas as commander-in-chief.

The event was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford.

President Trump laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the final resting place for many USA military members and others who have served the country, to mark Memorial Day. He also personally thanked retired Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who was wounded in World War II.

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.

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With their families in attendance, Trump told the stories of three service members killed in the war in Afghanistan, where he said they were fighting "enemies of all civilizations".

But Monday's speech was a far different tone for Trump, who urged Gold Star families to take comfort in the acknowledgment and support from a grateful nation. He then rested his hand on his heart as a bugler played "Taps".

"Today we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving". In the second, he said "I look forward to paying my respects to our courageous men and women on this Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery later this morning".

Trump first placed a wreath in Arlington at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier a day ahead of his inauguration. Trump said. "I believe that God has a special place in heaven for those who laid down their lives so that others may live free".

Trump previewed the address Saturday before he flew home from Italy, the final stop on his first trip overseas since taking office.

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