President Trump’s first public remarks since his nine-day overseas trip were to honor fallen American troops in the traditional Memorial Day ceremony. Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to honor those service members killed while serving their country. The President was accompanied by Vice President Pence, Defense Secretary Mattis and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph F. Dunford. He laid a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
He gave his address after laying the wreath. Trump said “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”. He ended by honoring the unknown soldiers saying, “Today we also hold a special vigil for heroes whose stories we cannot tell, because their names are known to God alone -- the unknown soldiers. We do not know where they came from, who they left behind, or what they hoped to be, but we do know what they did. They fought and they died in the great and noble act of loyalty and love to their families and to our country.”
I look forward to paying my respects to our brave men and women on this Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery later this morning.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2017