Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
World News | By Penny Hart

Trump Pays Tribute To Fallen US Heroes


Secretary of Defense James Mattis introduced Mr. Trump and recognized the "fighting spirit" of US military veterans.

President Trump paid tribute to fallen servicemembers at a somber Memorial Day ceremony Monday, honoring the nation's war dead as "angels sent to us by God".

Making a special recognition to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired general, Trump offered his thoughts to the Kelly family for their son, who died in Afghanistan.

"We can never replace them, we can never repay them, but we can always remember, and today that is what we are doing..." Andrew Byers, whose family attended the ceremony.

"Though they were here only a brief time before God called them home, their legacy will endure forever", Trump said.

Mr. Trump also recognized Gold Star Families, those whose immediate family members served in the military and lost their lives in combat.

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Trump greeted a few women who told him they had lost their sons.

"Every time you see the sun rise over this blessed land, please know your fearless sons and daughters pushed away the knife and delivered for us all that great and glorious dawn", Trump said. Trump tweeted Monday. "I look forward to paying my respects to our fearless men and women on this Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery later this morning". Home of the free, because of the fearless. Prior to the remarks, the president also placed a memorial wreath of red, white and blue roses at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Brittany Jacobs, left, watches as her 6-year-old son Christian Jacobs meets President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Jacobs father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, was killed in 2011.

Earlier Monday, Pence, his wife and second lady Karen Pence, and Veterans' Affairs Secretary David Shulkin spoke at the kickoff of a bike race for Project Hero, an organization for veterans and first responders.

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". "Their duty was to serve".

This Federal holiday is to is to remember those who were killed in the line of duty and at the cemetery in Fayetteville more than 8,000 flags were placed next to each headstone ahead of the ceremony.

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