Trump hails the fallen and their families at Arlington
- Author: Leroy Wright May 30, 2017,
May 30, 2017, 18:44
"Words can not measure the depth of their devotion, the purity of their love or the totality of their courage", Mr. Trump said, calling those who have served in the military "special, special people". "But Chris will never be here, so that's why we have days like today so his spirit can live on, and so that people can actually stop and remember the person who is physically not here any more". "Special, special people", he said.
The sun broke through the clouds as the president's motorcade crossed Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River on the way to the cemetery. It included a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps to honor those who died in the military.
Stepping to the microphone to deliver the address, Trump seemed to relish the warm welcome from the audience gathered in the sun-splashed amphitheater.
President Trump yesterday paid tribute to America's war dead, as well as three men who were attacked attempting to protect two women during an anti-Muslim tirade on a train in OR last week. They were joined by various politicians who came to pay they respects, including US Senator Amy Klobuchar, Representatives Tim Walz and Keith Ellison, and Governor Mark Dayton.
The state's official Memorial Day ceremony drew thousands to the military graveyard where almost 200,000 veterans and family members are buried.
Trump went on to honor former Sen. Dole, 93, rose from his wheelchair to acknowledge the applause.
Making a special recognition to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired general, Trump offered his thoughts to the Kelly family for their son, who died in Afghanistan. The cemetery's Section 60 holds many of those who have fallen in those wars.
That's why she and other family members spent Memorial Day to remember soldiers, like her brother Robert, who was killed while serving in Iraq.
The Memorial Day Ceremony is a very public ceremony, but many of those who travel to Fort Snelling National Cemetery are there for very personal reasons, visiting the graves of friends and loved ones. The boy was visiting his father's grave with his mother, Brittany Jacobs.
Trump, in his first Memorial Day visit to Arlington as president, specifically paid tribute to Army Specialist Christopher Horton, Special Forces Capt. Andrew Byers and Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly.