Donald Trump marks first Memorial Day as president

Lauren Perry
May 30, 2017

President Donald Trump marked his first Memorial Day in office with a somber service at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday.

"On this day, it's so important that each of us pay a well deserved tribute to those fearless Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our great nation who ensured for us the freedoms we now enjoy", he said. "We pay tribute to those fearless souls who raced into gunfire, roared into battle, and ran into hell to fa". Robert Kelly of the Marines, was killed when he stepped on a land mine in 2010 in southern Afghanistan.

Earlier in the morning, the president visited the cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where he placed a wreath and reflected silently as a bugle player performed taps.

In the second, Trump says: "I look forward to paying my respects to our fearless men and women on this Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery later this morning".

It was a rare break from the controversy-filled days of Trump's presidency so far. He said remembering those we've lost on Memorial Day is extremely important. "They died in war so that we could live in peace", Trump said, according to the New York Daily News. 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".

"I know I speak for millions of grateful Americans when I say, 'thank you, '" the president said.

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"They were people who stood for something larger than themselves, people who understood what we have in our country is worth fighting for", Dunford said, introducing Defense Secretary James Mattis.

President Donald Trump is honoring America's military dead at Arlington National Cemetery.

Trump also singled out for special mention Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

President Donald Trump has visited a section of Arlington National Cemetery where USA military members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

"The people that come here really know what Memorial Day is all about so I don't have to preach to them but what I want them to do is go back and carry on by spreading the word, educating the rest of the public, their family and friends to keep it alive", Dunham said. "They fought and they died in the great and noble act of loyalty and love to their families and to our country".

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