"They fought and they died in a great and noble act of loyalty and love to their family and to our country", Trump said. He recognized by name people in attendance who had contributed USA militarily efforts.
"To every Gold Star family, God is with you".
Noting that "I always call him 'general, '" Mr. Trump said Mr. Kelly "understands more than most ever could, or ever will, the wounds and burdens of war ... They died in war so that we could live in peace", Trump said, according to the New York Daily News.More news: Leaked NSA doc highlights deep flaws in US election system
In a time-honored tradition, President Trump this morning participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
"While we can not know the extent of your pain, what we do know is that our gratitude to them and to you is boundless and undying-will always be there, Thank you", Trump said.
Wreaths, flowers and flags serve as visual reminders that freedom most certainly isn't free and for those who have given their lives in the line of duty, these folks will do their best to keep the real meaning of Memorial Day alive year after year. He also hailed Bob Dole, the former senator who suffered lifelong injuries in World War II and attended Monday's ceremony.More news: White House: Trump's tweets are 'official statements'
David Horton summed it up by noting there are three days a year set aside for honoring members of the military. "Their legacy will endure forever".
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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.