President Donald Trump offered a solemn tribute to America's soldiers during a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery Monday, honoring those who gave their lives in war and those now serving in defense of the country.
He 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.
During his first Memorial Day as President, Trump also honoured the dedication and sacrifice of the fallen heroes, as well as that of the families they have left behind during a speech at the cemetery's Amphitheater.
In the second, Trump says: "I look forward to paying my respects to our fearless men and women on this Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery later this morning".
In the speech, Trump paid tribute to Army Spc. Andrew D. Byers, a Green Beret officer killed in action in Afghanistan past year.
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"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. We can never repay them.
"Though they were here only a brief time before God called them home, their legacy will endure forever", Trump said.
Horton, a sniper sent to Afghanistan in 2011, died in a gun battle with the Taliban near the Pakistan border three months into his deployment. Byers was on his third combat tour and, Trump said, ran through smoke and a hail of bullets to rescue an Afghan soldier when he was killed. A son-in-law, Jake, is a wounded warrior.
Instead of endless war-memorial platitudes, Mr. Trump, who attended a military secondary school, personalized his part of the ceremony.
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"They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old". "If we truly want to give meaning to the sacrifice of those who gave all on our behalf, each of us will leave here today determined to find, in some small way, a method of serving our nation and our communities in their honor", he said. "Special, special people", he added.
Trump also laid a wreath at the tomb the day before he was inaugurated on January 20. The playing of "Taps" echoed as Trump placed his hand over his heart and military officers saluted.
Stepping to the microphone to deliver the address, Trump seemed to relish the warm welcome from the audience gathered in the sun-splashed amphitheatre. Several reports claim Jared Kushner proposed setting up a secret channel of communication with the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.
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Asked what meaning Memorial Day held for him, Kelly said: "Sad".
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