Trump Hails The Fallen And Their Families At Arlington

Erika Turner
May 30, 2017

Though he acknowledged those who died in every war beginning with the Revolutionary War, Trump singled out what he called "a new generation of American patriot" which has defended the United States "from an enemy that uses the murder of innocents to wage war on humanity itself".

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.

Trump recognized several Gold Star families who've lost loved ones during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, pausing during his remarks to thank and applaud their families.

President Trump accepts a rose by Alison Malachowski, whose son Marine Staff Sgt. James Malachowski was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, at Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery.

"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". "It's not really a celebration, but we look in the past of the sacrifice they did and look to the future for the future freedoms that we have from the sacrifice that they gave", he added.

"We only hope that every day we can prove worthy, not only of their sacrifice and service, but of the sacrifice made by the families and loved ones they left behind", Trump said. Bob Dole, who sat in the audience at Monday's ceremony, thanking him for his service in World War II. Chris Horton, killed in 2011, and Army Capt. Andrew Byers, killed in 2011.

Trump placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at a Memorial Day ceremony, in advance of his first Memorial Day remarks as president.

Trump spoke for about 20 minutes at Arlington's Memorial Amphitheater. 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. He then visited Area 60 of the cemetery, where numerous fallen heroes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan were laid to rest.

"I don't see any big issue here", said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

"It is Memorial Day 2017", Pence said.

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