"Thank you for joining us as we honor the fearless warriors who gave their lives for ours - spending their last moments on this earth in defense of this great country and its people", Trump said.
His remarks marked his arrival back in the United States after a nine-day trip to the Middle East, where he sought to bridge divides between the three Abrahamic religions in Saudi Arabia, Israel and the Vatican City. "They all have one title in common, and that is the title of hero".
Trump concluded the events of the day by honoring the "unknown soldiers" represented by the prestigious tomb on the grounds of the national cemetery.
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.
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Hear President Trump's comments about Spc. Kelly was the son of Gen. John Kelly, who is Trump's Department of Homeland Security secretary, ABC News reported. Byers died in November 2016 in Afghanistan, shot by Taliban fire during a special force operation. Bob Dole, 93, a World War II veteran, who attended the ceremony with his wife Elizabeth.
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.
President Trump participates in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
"So I'm gonna go on a little campaign to try and educate people on just what Memorial Day is", he added.
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Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence, who was also at the service, visited Section 60, where the military members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 are buried chatting and shaking hands with the families of the fallen.
President Donald Trump has visited a section of Arlington National Cemetery where US military members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.
The solemn ritual takes place every year on Memorial Day, paying tribute to the men and women in the USA armed forces who have lost their lives.
Mr. Trump concluded by thanking the "unknown soldiers".
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President Donald Trump is preparing his first Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery.