ARLINGTON, Virginia – President Donald Trump paid a memorial day at Arlington National Cemetery to those who died in battle or forever protected a nation that is grateful for their selfless service. His solemnity contrasted with a tweet in which he said that fallen soldiers would be "very proud and happy about how good our country is today," citing the economy and low unemployment.
The Commander-in-Chief speaks Before an audience of cabinet members, military leaders, veterans and families gathered in the marble theater near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, they said, "We mourn beside their families and we seek to make their sacrifices. "
Trump said he came to the "holy ground" of Arlington, "to honor the lives and deeds of America's greatest heroes" – the men and women who lay down their lives so that others could be free.
Trump also laid a wreath at the grave during his second Memorial Day trip to Arlington as president.
Before going to the sacred grounds across the Potomac River from the nation's capital, Trump tweeted that "those who died for our great country would be happy and proud of how good our country is today."
But the President then turned from the dark to self-gratifying in the tweet, calling his "best economy in decades, lowest unemployment for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (and women in 18 years), rebuilding our military, and much, much more. The president also sent retweets in line with his criticism of the Ministry of Justice and investigations into the links between his election campaign and Russia.
He was criticized by several people, including an earlier chairman of the Joint, for his tone of chief of staff during the Obama administration, retired army general Martin Dempsey, who wrote: "This day, on all days of the year, should not be over anyone be us. "
Memorial Day News from First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, struck a theme of remembrance and gratitude.
"When we remember our fallen soldiers and women, our hearts are filled with gratitude for their sacrifice and reverence for their courage," tweeted Ivanka Trump.
And Melania Trump thanked ministers and their families for the protection of the country. "We honor the many Americans who have given their lives for our great land, as a nation under God, we come together to remind us that freedom is not free," she tweeted.
In Trenton, Trump, the heroes who died for America, said they "rest in these sacred fields, in cemeteries, battlefields and cemeteries near and far, and are drawn from the full web of American life."
He said they were of "every generation, of towering cities and windswept plains, of privilege and of poverty." They were generals and corporals, captains and corporals of every race, color, and religion, but they were all brothers and sisters in arms were all united, as they are now united forever, by their immortal love for our great land. "
Gen. Joseph Dunford, the 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 raise our children in peace."
He also honored the families "They are lagging behind and every day is Memorial Day."
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 is worth fighting for."
Participants in the Memorial Day tribute included Trump's chief of staff John Kelly, whose son Marine L. Kelly was killed in November 2010 after he entered a landmine patrol in southern Afghanistan. He is buried in Arlington.
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