President Trump honored fallen members of the United States Military for Memorial Day.
Along with Vice President Pence, he visited the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Hill reports:
Trump marks Memorial Day at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Fort McHenry
President Trump marked Memorial Day on Monday, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery before delivering remarks at Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
First lady Melania Trump, Vice President Pence, second lady Karen Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper joined the president for the wreath-laying ceremony.
In the roughly five-minute ceremony, Trump walked up to the wreath and stood silently before touching his hand to it and saluting.
See the video below:
Later in the day, Trump spoke at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland.
Here’s a partial transcript, via the White House blog:
In the two centuries since Francis Scott Key wrote about the stirring sight of our flag in battle, countless other American patriots have given their own testimony about the meaning of the flag. One was World War Two veteran Jim Krebs from Sunbury, Ohio.
Jim and his twin brother Jack fought side by side in General Patton’s Third Army. At the Battle of the Bulge, the twins volunteered for a dangerous mission. Together, they took out four enemy tanks, two machine gun nests, and a mothar [sic] position that was very powerful, loaded up with mortars. Jim’s brother Jack was mortally wounded. Jim held his dying brother in his arms, praying together as his twin passed away.
Jim fought to victory and came home to build a great American life. He married, had children, became an electrical engineer, and taught young people about war. As an old man, Jim was asked what about the American flag and what it meant to him. Jim said, “The flag to me is as precious as the freedom that the flag stands for. It’s as precious to me as the thousands of lives that have been lost defending her. It’s that important to me; it gave me a value of life that I could have never gotten any other way. It gave me a value of my Lord, my family, my friends, loved ones, and especially my country. What more could I ask?”
Last month, Jim died peacefully at his home at the age of 94. This afternoon, we are greatly honored to be joined by his grandsons, Andy and Ron. Please, thank you very much. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you very much for being here.
Here’s the video:
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day, everyone.