President Trump hails the fallen and their families at Arlington

Posted May 30, 2017

Trump's remarks at the wreath-laying ceremony were his first comments in public since returning to the United States from his nine-day trip overseas.

Trump honored Gold Star families calling their fallen loved ones "angels sent to us by God", in his first public address since returning from his first trip overseas as commander-in-chief.

The remarks of Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman James Dunford, who stood with the president, were also appropriately distinguished and moving. Bob Dole, who suffered permanently crippling injuries as a member of the 10th Mountain Division in a battle with the German army in Italy in World War II.

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.

"I don't see any big issue here", said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

Gen. Kelly's son Robert Kelly, a United States Marine like his father, was killed by an IED blast in 2010 while on patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. He then visited Area 60 of the cemetery, where numerous fallen heroes of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan were laid to rest.

This Federal holiday is to is to remember those who were killed in the line of duty and at the cemetery in Fayetteville more than 8,000 flags were placed next to each headstone ahead of the ceremony.

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Mr. Trump concluded by thanking the "unknown soldiers".

Trump, along with Vice President Mike Pence, who was also at the service, visited Section 60, where the military members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11 are buried chatting and shaking hands with the families of the fallen.

"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.

"Here at this hallowed shrine, we honor the noblest among us, the men and women who paid the ultimate price for victory and for freedom", said Trump.

Trump first placed a wreath in Arlington at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier a day ahead of his inauguration.

He addressed US service members stationed at a naval base in Sicily as "warriors of freedom" and the "patriots who keep the fires of liberty burning".