ARLINGTON, Virginia. – President Trump honored a memorial day at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday and said he had come to "holy ground" to "honor the lives and actions of America's greatest heroes."
The commander-in-chief spoke in front of an audience of cabinet members, military leaders, veterans and families gathered in the marble theater near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: "We mourn with their families and we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice.
During his second commemoration of Arlington as President, Trump put a wreath on the grave before making his remarks.
He recognized military personnel, including Bob Dole, the former senator and Republican presidential candidate of 1
And he spoke warmly of a number of military families, including a boy named Christian Jacobs, whose father is buried in Arlington. Trump said the boy showed him his father's grave last year and called it "a moment I'll always remember."
Before he drove from the capital to the sacred site beyond the Potomac River, Trump sent out a Twitter message, some of which are being criticized as self-promotion.
"Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud of how good our country is today," said the President.
"Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment for back and Hispanics (and women in 18 years), reconstruction of our military and much more. Nice!" Wrote Trump.
The President also wrote quotes in accordance with his criticism He was criticized for the tone of his messages by several people including the retired army general Martin Dempsey, former chairman of the United Chiefs of Staff during the Obama administration
"This day "On all days of the year, should not be over any of us," said Dempsey.
Memorial Day news from Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, struck a theme of remembrance and thank you.
In Arlington, Trump said that the heroes who died for America were living in these sacred fields, in cemeteries, Battlefields and burial places near and far, and are drawn from the full carpet of American life. "
He said they came from every generation, from towering cities and windswept prairies, from privilege and poverty. 19659002] "They were generals and corporals, captains and corporals of every race, color and belief, but they were all brothers and sisters in arms," said Trump. "And they were all united, as they are now forever united by their immortal love for our great land."
General Joseph Dunford, current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, honored the more than one million Americans, he said, gave their last full measure so that we could live in freedom and educate our children in peace.
He also honored the families they left behind and Memorial Day every day. 19659002] Those who fought and died for America said, "shared a commitment to something greater than themselves, and they were people who understand what we have in this country, which is worth fighting for."
Those who attended the Memorial Day Tribute included Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly, whose son, Marine Lieutenant Robert M. Kelly, was killed in November 2010 after stepping onto a landmine on a patrol in southern Afghanistan. He is buried in Arlington.
In Ohio on Memorial Day, a 94-year-old Ohio World War II veteran celebrated graduation. Circleville High School honored Robert Lockard at his graduation on Sunday
Lockard was a student in Circleville and graduated in 1944, but dropped out and later joined the army.
Lockard served in the Air Corps 354th Infantry 89th Division and spent time in northern France and Central Europe during World War II. He received a European-African Middle East campaign medal, three bronze medals and a World War II medal.