Trump Marks Memorial Day with Arlington Visit

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave as they board Air Force One at Naval Air Station Sigonella Saturday May 27 2017 in Sigonella Italy
President Trump To Mark Memorial Day With Visit To Arlington National Cemetery
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07 June, 2017

"It brings a lot of peace to me to know this is here for us to come to, and you know that they all have some common bond", Pat Speer said as she visited her father's grave.

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.

Others brought up the fact that Trump dodged the draft five times when he was younger - four times for university, and once because he said he had "bone spurs" on his heels.

And the president recognized former U.S. Sen.

Hundreds gathered in the Phoenix National Memorial Cemetery today to remember those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice, like 10-year-old Nick. President Trump told the crowd, "We only hope that we every day that we can prove worthy. Special, special people", he said.

President Trump placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Monday and paid tribute to America's fallen servicemen - including the son of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. It included a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps to honor those who died in the military.

The president then climbed the steps above the tomb to the cemetery's marble amphitheater, where he delivered his address. Trump has been feeling particularly aggrieved in recent weeks by federal and congressional investigations into contacts between his associates and Russian government officials, including news reports that Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and top White House adviser, proposed establishing secret back-channel communications with Russia during the presidential transition.

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After the ceremony, the president visited with families in Section 60 of the cemetery, where most of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

"I believe that God has a special place in heaven for those who laid down their lives so that others may live free".

The president took to Twitter this morning, posting several tweets about Memorial Day.

With an unusually arresting humility and quiet grace, the president expressed clearly-heartfelt gratitude to the nation's fallen warriors and their families.

Before speaking to a crowd at the Arlington National Cemetery, the president sang along to the National Anthem.

Trump's speech also quoted from the iconic letter to Sarah Ballou written by Union soldier Sullivan Ballou, who penned the now-famous letter to his wife a week before being mortally wounded at the First Battle of Bull Run. Andrew D. Byers, a Green Beret officer killed in action in Afghanistan past year.


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