30 May, 2017
Once again, President Trump, after his successful nine-day trip overseas, did America proud, this time on the sacred USA soil of Arlington National Cemetery. "We only hope that every day we can prove worthy, not only of their sacrifice and service, but of the sacrifice made by their families and loved ones they left behind-special, special people".
"Let us pledge to make the most of that freedom that they so gallantly and brilliantly fought for and they died to protect", he said.
Noting that "I always call him 'general, '" Mr. Trump said Mr. Kelly "understands more than most ever could, or ever will, the wounds and burdens of war ..."
Kelly led the U.S. Southern Command and lost his son, Robert Kelly, who stepped on a land mine while on a Marine patrol in Afghanistan in November 2010.
After laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Trump spoke in remembrance of fallen soldiers and respect for their families, alongside members of the military and his administration, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a retired general.
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. Trump walked among the white marble headstones and greeted families. At the time, he did so alongside Vice President Mike Pence, who joined Trump at the ceremonies Monday morning.
President Donald Trump is expressing his nation's "boundless and undying" gratitude to Americans who have fallen in battle and to the families they left behind.
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However, he noted, ICE officials stated they were targeting individuals who were "at large" and likely not in custody. The arrests concluded on Wednesday and were led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
President Trump laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the final resting place for many US military members and others who have served the country, to mark Memorial Day.
Secretary Kelly's other son, Johnny, is getting ready for his fifth military deployment.
Trump also paid tribute to World War II veteran and former Sen. A son-in-law, Jake, is a wounded warrior.
A wreath-laying ceremony has taken place as part of the planned celebration of the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the day he would have turned 100. "Thank you, God bless your families & God bless the United States of America!"
Trump recognized several Gold Star families who've lost loved ones during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, pausing during his remarks to thank and applaud their families.
Trump previewed the address Saturday before he flew home from Italy, the final stop on his first trip overseas since taking office.
"As we honor the courageous warriors who gave their lives for ours, spending their last moments on this earth in defense of this country and of its people, words can not measure the depth of their devotion, the purity of their love or the totality of their courage", Trump said.