Gold Star Marine Boy Describes Meeting Trump At Arlington Cemetery

US President Trump visits Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day

US President Trump visits Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day

"They fought and they died in a great and noble act of loyalty and love to their family and to our country", Trump said.

In his speech, Trump offered the nation's respect to Gold Star families and told the stories of some slain soldiers, like Maj.

"Words can not measure the depth of their devotion, the purity of their love or the totality of their courage", Trump told an audience that included relatives of slain service members.

Trump singled out for praise three fallen heroes, killed fighting terrorists in Afghanistan since 2010 - Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly (2010), Army Specialist Christopher Horton (2011) and Army Capt. Andrew Beyers (2016).

FILE President Donald Trump participates in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery Monday
FILE President Donald Trump participates in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery Monday

Horton's widow, Jane, and Byers parents, Rose and David, were at the ceremony and the president promised that America's gratitude to them "is boundless and undying".

The Memorial Day ceremony began with the laying of the wreaths, then Trump addressed the audience with statements that touched on the sacrifices soldiers make.

In a speech after placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, he said "words can not measure the depth of their devotion, the purity of their love or the totality of their courage".

Instead of endless war-memorial platitudes, Mr. Trump, who attended a military secondary school, personalized his part of the ceremony. But we can always remember.

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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.

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Trump called on Americans to look into the eyes of people who had lost loved ones in the military and thank them for their sacrifice.

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It was a proud Memorial Day scene for every American who understands and appreciates the exceptionalism of his native or adopted land. Afterward, he visited a section of the cemetery where military members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

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.

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