Trump honors fallen and families in Memorial Day address

These flags were placed at the Chattanooga National Cemetery this morning.

Parents visiting the gravesites of old friends took the time to explain to their little ones why Memorial Day is so important.

A Memorial Day event scheduled for noon Monday at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery had to be canceled due to the weather. This years' Memorial Day address was delivered by Dr. Rudy Valdez, 2017 Rockford Mayoral Candidate.

President Donald Trump is expressing his nation's "boundless and undying" gratitude to Americans who have fallen in battle and to the families they left behind.

"Sadly enough, most of the time when you ask someone what Memorial Day is about, they say it's about barbecue, it's a time with family, it's vacation time, it's about a three-day weekend", Modesitt said. "While we can not 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", Trump said.

The service was to remember those who sacrificed to keep the United States free.

Stan Beatty, U.S. Army Veteran said, "Every Memorial Day, I have to attend a ceremony such as this".

The resemblance of war briefly drowned out the silence that fell over the Knoxville National Cemetery, honoring men and women who protected, served and died for America.

"When we came back from Vietnam, they didn't recognize us at all but spit on us", said Proctor.

Trump also recognized former US senator and GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole, 93, who suffered lifelong injuries during World War II.

Several military and political leaders spoke at the ceremony, including Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert.

If you would like to visit the cemetery, it is located at 14 Veterans Way.

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.

  • Zachary Reyes