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President Trump joined the Americans on Memorial Day by laying a wreath on the grave of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery for those who gave their lives for the land
"Our fallen heroes are not just ours They have shaped our fate story, "said Trump, who spoke at the Memorial Ampitheater of the cemetery. "They inspired their communities and educated their land and provided the best example of courage, virtue and valor the world will ever experience, fighting and bleeding and dying so that America would remain safe and strong and free forever."
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"They came from every generation – from towering cities and wind-swept prairies, from privilege and poverty," he said. "They were generals and corporals, captains and corporals of every race, color, and creed, but they were all brothers and sisters in arms, and they were then united, as they are now united forever, through their immortal love for our great land "
Hours earlier, the President had used the themes of the day to praise the current state of the nation in a commentary on Twitter that raised criticism from some.
Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud of how good our country today is. Best economy for decades, lowest unemployment figures for blacks and Hispanics (and women in 18 years), reconstruction of our military and much more. Kind!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2018
"Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud of how well our country is doing today. Best economy For decades, the lowest unemployment figures for blacks and Hispanics (and women in 18 years), rebuilding our military and much more. Nice! "he tweeted .
The tweet was selfish to some.
"This is one of the most incongruent, ignorant, and toneless things our Commander-in-Chief could have said on a blackboard day like today" Twitterte John Kirby, US State Department spokesman during the Obama administration [19659008RetiredarmygeneralMartinDempseyformerchairmanoftheUnitedChiefofStaffunderObamaseemedtobetrumpingTrumptodeathhimself
That day, on all days of the year, should not be of any one of us , No matter how prestigious or powerful, no matter how successful we are. Rather, this day should be about those who gave their lives so that we can live in freedom. #MemorialDay
– GEN (R) Marty Dempsey (@Martin_Dempsey) May 28, 2018
"This day, on all days of the year, should not be over any of us" he wrote . "No matter how prestigious or powerful, no matter how successful we are, the day should be over those who gave their lives so we can live in freedom."
Meanwhile, the president's family members focused on remembrance
"At #MemorialDay, we honor the many Americans who gave their lives for our great land," tweeted Melania Trump . "As a nation under God, we come together to remind ourselves that freedom is not free, thanks to all servants and their families who sacrifice so much to bring us to safety."