Trump honors the fallen and their families


President Trump honored fallen members of the military "who carry the burden of freedom on their shoulders" and their families on Monday at Arlington National Cemetery in his first Memorial Day address as president and his first public appearance after his first foreign trip last week.

President Donald Trump paid tribute on Memorial Day to the men and women who have died in combat, saying they "all share one title in common and that is the title of 'hero'". "We pay tribute to those fearless souls who raced into gunfire, roared into battle, and ran into hell to face down evil", Trump said. "They made their sacrifice not for fame, or for money, or even for glory, but for country".

To all Gold Star families, Trump said of their lost service members: "They each had their own names, their own stories, their own attractive dreams".

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.

A solemn president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider Monday, marking an annual tradition for the commander in chief. President Trump added. "We grieve with you. America's courageous, dead. Those who today we pause to remember", he said. "They died in war so that we could live in peace", Trump said, according to the New York Daily News.

During last year's presidential campaign, he notably engaged in a dispute with Captain Humayun Khan's Gold Star parents, who spoke out against Trump in a Democratic National Convention speech, reports ABC News.

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

Before the president's speech, Dunford also addressed the crowd at Arlington Cemetery, thanking the men and women who have died in defense of our nation for their sacrifice.

"Good policemen, salt of the earth people who dedicated their lives to police work, they suffer quietly and keep it to themselves", Moore said.

Trump also singled out for special mention Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. Later, during his remarks, Trump called on all Americans to continue to honor the sacrifice of fallen soldiers, "for the next 1,000 years".

"We only hope that every day we can prove worthy not only of their sacrifice and service, but of this sacrifice made by the families and loved ones they left behind... special, special people", he said. They served all of us by serving in the armed forces.