Trump honors fallen and families in Memorial Day address

Postado Junho 12, 2017

Hundreds gathered in the Phoenix National Memorial Cemetery today to remember those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice, like 10-year-old Nick.

Trump also recognized former US senator and GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole, 93, who suffered lifelong injuries during World War II.

President Trump then went on to address all Gold Star families, referring to their fallen loved ones as "angels sent to us by God".

Trump first placed a wreath in Arlington at the Tomb of the Unknowns a day ahead of his inauguration.

Trump singled out Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, whose son, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed after stepping on a land mine in Afghanistan in November 2010.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Robert died fighting the enemies of all civilizations in Afghanistan. "They died in war so that we can live in peace", said President Trump.

Trump's speech also quoted from the iconic letter to Sarah Ballou written by Union soldier Sullivan Ballou, who penned the now-famous letter to his wife a week before being mortally wounded at the First Battle of Bull Run.

Trump is also set to lay a wreath Monday at the cemetery, the final resting place for many USA military members and others who have served the country.

This Memorial Day, President Donald Trump did what presidents before him have done - he made a solemn visit to Arlington National Cemetery.

The U.S.is celebrating Memorial Day to honor its war dead.

The unusually honest address also appeared to mark a noticeable break from a long-run of insulting jabs Trump lobbed at veterans and gold-star families during his campaign. At the time, he did so alongside Vice President Mike Pence, who joined Trump at the ceremonies Monday morning.

"I believe that God has a special place in heaven for those who lay down their lives so others can live free of fear", he said at Arlington National Cemetery.

In his speech, Trump offered the nation's respect to Gold Star families and told the stories of some slain soldiers, like Maj. Christopher Horton, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.

The remarks of Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman James Dunford, who stood with the president, were also appropriately distinguished and moving.