President lays wreath at Tomb of the Unknowns

President lays wreath at Tomb of the Unknowns

President lays wreath at Tomb of the Unknowns

The president first participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, before addressing a crowd of family members of the fallen gathered there to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Donald Trump made his first Memorial Day remarks as president, paying tribute Monday to fallen US service members, and thanking their families for their sacrifice.

The president was accompanied to Arlington cemetery by Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as a slew of advisers and Cabinet members, including Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and Housing Secretary Ben Carson.

In the first of two tweets Trump sent out on Monday, he says: "Today we remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving". Bob Dole, a World War II veteran.

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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.

Trump's speech also addressed Gold Star families - American families whose relatives have died in battle.

President Donald Trump is thanking the men and women who died in service to the United States.

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".

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"I believe that God has a special place in heaven for those who lay down their lives so others can live free of fear", he said at Arlington National Cemetery.

Trump also paused to talk to a young boy dressed in a crisp Marine uniform.

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But at the Memorial Day ceremony on May 29, Trump said Gold Star families honor the nation with their sacrifice.

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President Donald Trump speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 29, 2017, during a Memorial Day ceremony.

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