Trump hails heroes at Arlington

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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. "We can only hope every day that we prove worthy, not only of their sacrifice and service but of the sacrifices made by their families and loved ones they left behind". Christopher D. Horton, an Oklahoma National Guard sniper who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, and Army Maj.

The son of the retired Marine lieutenant general, Robert, also a Marine, died in 2010 after he stepped on a land mine while on patrol in Afghanistan.

After the ceremony, the president visited with families in Section 60 of the cemetery, where most of those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

The president was joined at the ceremony by Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and several members of his staff.

"I especially want to extend our gratitude to Gen. Kelly for joining us today-an incredible man-I always call him general", Trump said. One identified her son as a Navy SEAL. "While we can not know the extent of your pain, what we do know is that our gratitude to them and to you is boundless and undying-will always be there, Thank you", Trump said.

The president hailed Bob Dole, the former senator who suffered lifelong injuries in World War II and attended Monday's ceremony.

"I don't see any big issue here", said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. John Kelly's other son, Johnny, is preparing for his fifth military deployment. A son-in-law, Jake, is a wounded warrior.

"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.

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

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

Before the president began his remarks, Dunford thanked fallen military men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

In the second, Trump says: "I look forward to paying my respects to our courageous men and women on this Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery later this morning".

President Donald Trump spoke at Arlington National Cemetery as he observed his first Memorial Day as commander-in-chief.

Monday's Memorial Day event was the first public appearance for President Trump since returning late Saturday from a nine-day trip overseas.

He then delivered a 20-minute address extolling not only those who died in battle, but also the Gold Star families they left behind.

He addressed USA service members stationed at a naval base in Sicily as "warriors of freedom" and the "patriots who keep the fires of liberty burning".