Trump hails the fallen and their families at Arlington

Trump hails the fallen and their families at Arlington

Blake Casey
May 30, 2017

The nation paused on Monday to recognize the men and women who have died in service to this country.

Governor Asa Hutchinson says, "Even if you're relaxing as most people do today, just a time of silence and reflection upon those who have given their life for our freedom is important". Kelly was the son of Gen. John Kelly, who is Trump's Department of Homeland Security secretary, ABC News reported.

He then delivered a 20-minute address extolling not only those who died in battle, but also the Gold Star families they left behind. During last year's presidential campaign, he notably engaged in a dispute with Capt. Humayun Khan's Gold Star parents, who spoke out against Trump in a Democratic National Convention speech.

Taking time to remember American heroes this Memorial Day, Fayetteville National Cemetery hosted its annual celebration - bringing out large crowds.

Of them and all who died in military service, he said: "Words can not measure the depth of their devotion, the purity of their love or the totality of their courage". "Our men and women volunteer, they serve, and so we're one of those states that has a patriotic vein running through it".

"We only hope that every day we can prove worthy, not only of their sacrifice and service, but of the sacrifice made by the families and loved ones they left behind", Trump said. Andrew Byers, whose family attended the ceremony. He also personally thanked retired Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who was wounded in World War II. "Special, special people", he said.

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Earlier in the morning, the president visited the cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where he placed a wreath and reflected silently as a bugle player performed taps.

Trump fired back on Twitter and later in an interview with ABC News, insinuating that Khan's wife, Ghazala, was not allowed to speak at the DNC.

On Monday, Trump also made special mention of former Sen.

With their families in attendance, Trump told the stories of three service members killed in the war in Afghanistan, where he said they were fighting "enemies of all civilizations".

Among those laid to rest in Section 60 is Robert Kelly, son of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

"It is Memorial Day 2017", Pence said. Jacobs' father, Marine Sergent Christopher Jacobs, died during a training accident in California in 2011.