Trump hails fallen, their families at Arlington

Posted May 30, 2017

And he singled out his homeland security secretary, John Kelly, for whom military sacrifice could not be any closer to home. "We pay tribute to those fearless souls who raced into gunfire, roared into battle, and ran into hell to face down evil".

Of them and all who died in military service, he said: "Words can not measure the depth of their devotion, the purity of their love or the totality of their courage".

"We couldn't worship God, we wouldn't have freedom of speech, we wouldn't have anything", said McGhee.

"Honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America".

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"To every Gold Star family: God is with you, and your loved ones are with him".

"We do not know where they came from, who they left behind, or what they hoped to be, but we do know what they did", Mr. Trump said.

President Donald Trump spoke at Arlington National Cemetery as he observed his first Memorial Day as commander-in-chief. "Special, special people", he added.

Trump went on to honor former Sen.

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Stepping to the microphone to deliver the address, Trump seemed to relish the warm welcome from the audience gathered in the sun-splashed amphitheatre.

President Donald Trump participates in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Arlington, Va. "Our men and women volunteer, they serve, and so we're one of those states that has a patriotic vein running through it".

Vice President Mike Pence attended the ceremony, along with Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis, and Homeland Security Secretary Gen. John Kelly, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford. He also personally thanked retired Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who was wounded in World War II.

Trump concluded the events of the day by honoring the "unknown soldiers" represented by the prestigious tomb on the grounds of the national cemetery. The White House said Trump visited the gravesite of Robert Kelly, who was laid to rest in Section 60.

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After the address, Trump visited a section of the cemetery for USA service members killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Six-year-old Christian Jacobs' father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, died during military training exercises in Twentynine Palms, Calif., in 2011.