President Trump honors fallen soldiers, lays wreath at Arlington National Cemetery


Trump first placed a wreath in Arlington at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier a day ahead of his inauguration. Andrew Byers, whose family attended the ceremony.

On Tuesday, Christian Jacobs, the 6-year-old son of a fallen U.S. Marine, adorably shared his experience exchanging a high five with President Trump at Arlington National Cemetery.

"They each had their own names, their own stories, their own lovely dreams", said Trump in his address.

"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".

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Two days earlier, John Kelly teared up on TV while discussing his son, who was killed in while leading his platoon on a combat patrol and stepped on a concealed roadside bomb.

Trump was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and preceded at the podium by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. "In other words, veterans from every conflict from the Gulf War onward can not hope to be buried there, even if they earn the nation's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor", Cotton wrote. John Kelly's other son, Johnny, is preparing for his fifth military deployment.

After the address, Trump visited a section of the cemetery for USA service members killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Secretary Kelly himself made headlines this weekend, downplaying the significance of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner looking to open a backchannel line of communication with Russian Federation during the transition. After his speech, Trump visited Robert Kelly's grave in Section 60 of the cemetery.

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From the podium of the cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater, the commander-in-chief relayed stories of those who served and urged Americans to continue with the day's theme of remembrance.

"I believe that God has a special place in heaven for those who laid down their lives so that others may live free". He also personally thanked retired Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who was wounded in World War II.

The solemn ritual takes place every year on Memorial Day, paying tribute to the men and women in the US armed forces who have lost their lives.

Moments later, Trump stopped for a young man who wanted to snap a picture of himself with the president. Christopher D. Horton, an Oklahoma National Guard sniper who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, and Army Maj.

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