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Trump to speak at Arlington cemetery on Memorial Day

30 May, 2017, 06:10 | Author: Eddie Kim

President Donald Trump offered a solemn tribute to America's service members during a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, honoring those who gave their lives in war and those now serving in defense of the country.

"Thank you for joining us as we honor the courageous warriors who gave their lives for hours spending their last moments on this earth in defence of this country and of its people". Byers was on his third combat tour and, Trump said, ran through smoke and a hail of bullets to rescue an Afghan soldier when he was killed last November. "He understands more than most ever could, or ever will, the wounds and burdens of war". "If we truly want to give meaning to the sacrifice of those who gave all on our behalf, each of us will leave here today determined to find, in some small way, a method of serving our nation and our communities in their honor", he said. "We honor you and we pledge to you that we will always remember Robert and what he did for us". "Thank you, God bless your families & God bless the U.S.!"

A ceremony was held Monday to honor the 35th USA president at his gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. President Trump added. "We grieve with you".

Trump previewed the address Saturday before he flew home from Italy, the final stop on his first trip overseas since taking office. In a statement to the New York Times, Mr. Trump said he has "total confidence" in Kushner.

Trump recognized former Sen.

Prior to giving a solemn speech in which he expressed the U.S.'s "boundless" gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice paid by Americans in defence of the United States, the national anthem was played.

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"Honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America". "Their stories are now woven into the soul of our nation, into the stars and stripes on our flag, and into the beating hearts of our great, great people".

Among those laid to rest in Section 60 is Robert Kelly, son of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

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

In his first Memorial Day remarks as president, Trump told the stories of two soldiers who died in Afghanistan, Green Beret Capt. Andrew D. Byers of Colorado Springs and Christopher D. Horton of the Oklahoma National Guard, as Byers' parents and Horton's widow looked on.

"Today we also hold a special vigil for heroes whose stories we can not tell, because their names are known to God alone-the unknown soldiers", Trump said. We can never repay them. "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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