Trump At Arlington National Cemetery: ‘We Strive To Be Worthy Of Their Sacrifice’

President Donald Trump signed the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 in the East Room of the White House, on Friday, June 23, 2017. (Photo by Cheriss May) (Photo by Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

During the annual Memorial Day commemoration event at Arlington National Cemetery, President Trump was joined by members of his administration, including Defense Secretary James Mattis and his Joint Chief of Staffs.

During Trump’s second wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Trump welcomed those in attendance to a “solemn day of remembrance.”

“We are gathered here on this sacred soil of Arlington National Cemetery to honor the lives and deeds of America’s greatest heroes, the men, and women who laid down their lives for our freedom”, Trump added. “Today we pay tribute to their service and alongside their families. We strive to be worthy of their sacrifice.”

“The heroes who rest in these hallowed fields in cemeteries, battlefields and burial grounds near and far are drawn from the full tapestry of American life,” Trump said of those veterans who have died.

“They marched into hell so that America could know the blessings of peace. They died so that freedom could live,” Trump said, as CNN reports.

“To every parent who sweeps for a child, to every child who mourns for a parent and to every husband or wife whose heart has been torn in two today we ask God to comfort your pain, to ease your sorrow and to wipe away your tears,” Trump said. “This is a very special day and today our whole country thanks you, embrace you and pledges to you we will never forget our heroes.”

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Trump also honored several living veterans in attendance, including former Republican Sen. Bob Dole and Ray Chavez, both World War II veterans. Chavez, at 106, is the oldest-living survivor of the attacks on Pear Harbor.

Flanked by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Trump placed the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier before standing in silence as a bugle played “Taps.”

“Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!” Trump tweeted ahead of the ceremony.

“On #MemorialDay we honor the many Americans who laid down their lives for our great country. As one nation under God, we come together to remember that freedom isn’t free. Thank you to all the service members & their families who sacrifice so much to keep us safe,” Melania added.


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