Trump to speak at Arlington cemetery on Memorial Day

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 30, 2017

A police contingent escorted the first wave of riders as they began their ride from the Pentagon in Arlington, VA, across Memorial Bridge spanning the Potomac River and headed past the Lincoln Memorial and onto Constitution Avenue.

He greeted a few women who told him they had lost their sons.

And Trump singled out his homeland security secretary, John Kelly, for whom military sacrifice is close to home. Afterward, he visited a section of the cemetery where military members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

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. And Kelly's son-in-law Jake is a wounded warrior. Vice President Mike Pence, who accompanied the president, hugged one of the women. The playing of "Taps" echoed as Trump placed his hand over his heart and military officers saluted.

A video posted on YouTube shows Tillerson posing for pictures with other bikers and preparing to mount his own bike for the trip, an annual tradition that began in the late 1980s as a way to honor the us military and to support the continuing search for USA soldiers who remained prisoners of war or were missing in action following the Vietnam War.

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

Trump also noted his desire to boost spending on the military, and as commander in chief pledged his "complete and unshakeable support" to the men and women in uniform.

In his first Memorial Day remarks as president, Trump told the stories of two soldiers who died in Afghanistan, Green Beret Capt. Andrew D. Byers of Colorado Springs and Christopher D. Horton of the Oklahoma National Guard, as Byers' parents and Horton's widow looked on.

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