President Trump, in his first public remarks since returning from a nine-day overseas trip, paid tribute to fallen USA troops in a traditional Memorial Day ceremony Monday, saying they "died in war so we could live in peace". "We grieve with you, we honor you, and we pledge to you that we will always remember Robert and what he did for all of us", the president said.
"I believe that God has a special place in heaven for those who lay down their lives so others can live free of fear", he said at Arlington National Cemetery.
"So I'm gonna go on a little campaign to try and educate people on just what Memorial Day is", he added.
Once again, President Trump, after his successful nine-day trip overseas, did America proud, this time on the sacred US soil of Arlington National Cemetery.
In his speech, the president recognized the Gold Star families at the service. It included a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps to honor those who died in the military.
Horton's widow, Jane, and Byers parents, Rose and David, were at the ceremony and the president promised that America's gratitude to them "is boundless and undying".
Trump specifically honored former Sen.
He paid special tribute to two soldiers who died in Afghanistan, Army Capt. Andrew D. Byers of Colorado Springs and Christopher D. Horton of the Oklahoma National Guard. The White House said Trump visited the gravesite of Robert Kelly, who was laid to rest in Section 60.
The National Moment of Remembrance was established in 2000 "in honor of the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace".
The President's first Memorial Day address comes as his administration is pushing back against reports his son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner tried to set up secret communications with Russian Federation. Christian, wearing a mini Marine uniform, traveled with his mother Brittany to Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day and got a high five from President Trump. The younger Kelly was a Marine killed in Afghanistan in November 2010.