Trump honors troops at national cemetery

President Donald Trump paid tribute to the United States’ fallen soldiers and their families on Monday during remarks commemorating Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery.

"They were angels sent to us by God, and they share one title, the title of hero," the president said while acknowledging Gold Star families.

"To every Gold Star family, God is with you and your loved ones are with Him," he said.

The president arrived at the amphitheater at 11:15 a.m. and began his remarks at about 11:30 a.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis introduced Trump.

Trump recognized Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s son, Robert, who died in Afghanistan, adding, "Today, 300 million American hearts are joined together with yours."

Former Sen. Bob Dole, who was present with his wife former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, was also thanked by Trump for his service.

The president also told stories of fallen troops, and specifically recognized Andrew Byers, who died in Afghanistan protecting an Afghan soldier and U.S. troops after running through a "hail of bullets" to rescue them. Byers’ parents, David and Rose Byers were in the audience and recognized by Trump.

Trump also recognized Christopher Horton, whose wife Jane was present at the ceremony.

"Their stories are now woven into the soul of our nation, into the Stars and Stripes of our flag and into the beating hearts of our great, great people," Trump said.

In addition, Trump also honored the Unknown soldiers, saying that they "fought and died in a greet and noble act."

Though Trump didn’t explicitly mention the fight with the Islamic State, he said, "Today a new generation of American patriots are fighting to win the battle against terrorism."


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