Trump visits graves of casualties of recent wars

"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".

Accompanied by Pence, Trump walked briefly among the white marble headstones and greeted families, including Brittany Jacobs and her 6-year-old son, Christian, who was dressed like a Marine.

Trump greeted a few women who told him they had lost their sons.

Those at the National Cemetery for the holiday said people should focus on the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Trump also paid tribute to service members who have died without being identified.

Trump also remembered Army Sniper Christopher Horton and Special Forces Captain Andrew D. Byers, both recently killed in Afghanistan as their family members attended the ceremony.

Trump first placed a wreath in Arlington at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier a day ahead of his inauguration. Bob Dole, who was severely wounded in action during World War II.

And he singled out his homeland security secretary, John Kelly, for whom military sacrifice could not be any closer to home.

President Donald Trump, center, talks with Jane Horton, right, at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 29, 2017, after speaking at a Memorial Day ceremony. He then rested his hand on his heart as a bugler played "Taps". At the time, he did so alongside Vice President Mike Pence, who is scheduled to join Trump Monday morning.

"And 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", Trump said to the Gold Star families.

Image captured during performance of national anthem at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day.

Earlier, Trump placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

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

Trump also noted his desire to boost spending on the military, and as commander in chief pledged his "complete and unshakeable support" to the men and women in uniform.

  • Leroy Wright