Instead of endless war-memorial platitudes, Mr. Trump, who attended a military secondary school, personalized his part of the ceremony.
He also made special mention of former Kansas Sen.
After laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Trump spoke in remembrance of fallen soldiers and respect for their families, alongside members of the military and his administration, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joseph Dunford and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a retired general.
During the 2016 campaign, Trump was widely criticized for verbally sparring with Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father of Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War.
Severe storms, tornadoes possible today
In addition to possible tornadoes, storms could bring gusty, damaging winds of more than 60 miles per hour and small hail. Wolf went on to say that the National Weather Service is aware that so many warnings can lead to apathy.
And after President Trump refused to endorse the Paris accord on climate change over the weekend, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe could no longer rely on the USA, but says she is still committed to try to strengthen ties. Vice President Mike Pence, who accompanied the president, hugged one of the women.
Trump tweeted Monday. "I look forward to paying my respects to our fearless men and women on this Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery later this morning".
Participating in the sombre, annual observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Trump recounted the stories of Green Beret Capt. Andrew D. Byers of Colorado Springs and Christopher D. Horton of the Oklahoma National Guard as Byers' tearful parents and Horton's emotional widow looked on. Kelly lost his son, Marine 1st Lieutenant Robert Kelly, in the Afghanistan War in 2010. A son-in-law, Jake, is a wounded warrior. The playing of "Taps" echoed as he placed his hand over his heart and military officers saluted.
"Thank you, God bless you, God bless our fallen heroes, God bless their families, God bless our military and God bless the United States of America", he added. "If we truly want to give meaning to the sacrifice of those who gave all on our behalf, each of us will leave here today determined to find, in some small way, a method of serving our nation and our communities in their honor", he said.
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