Trump honors fallen and families in Memorial Day address

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He recognized two men who had lost their lives serving in Afghanistan, Green Beret Capt. Andrew D. Byers of Colorado Springs and Christopher D. Horton of the Oklahoma National Guard.

President Donald Trump is thanking the men and women who died in service to the United States.

President Trump honored fallen members of the military "who carry the burden of freedom on their shoulders" and their families on Monday at Arlington National Cemetery in his first Memorial Day address as president and his first public appearance after his first foreign trip last week. Trump said. "I believe that God has a special place in heaven for those who laid down their lives so that others may live free". He also personally thanked retired Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who was wounded in World War II. Vice President Mike Pence, who accompanied the president, hugged one of the women.

Trump's recognition of Gold Star families came nearly a year after he became embroiled in a running argument with the family of Capt. Humayun Khan, who died in Iraq. John Kelly's other son, Johnny, is preparing for his fifth military deployment.

"Thank you for joining us as we honor the courageous warriors who gave their lives for hours spending their last moments on this earth in defence of this country and of its people".

"We only hope that every day we can prove worthy not only of their sacrifice and service, but of this sacrifice made by the families and loved ones they left behind... special, special people", he said.

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Trump first placed a wreath in Arlington at the Tomb of the Unknowns a day ahead of his inauguration. The playing of "Taps" echoed as Trump placed his hand over his heart and military officers saluted.

Stepping to the microphone to deliver the address, Trump seemed to relish the warm welcome from the audience gathered in the sun-splashed amphitheatre. Several reports claim Jared Kushner proposed setting up a secret channel of communication with the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.

Trump walked among the white marble headstones and greeted families who were at the cemetery to remember the nation's war dead.

Among those laid to rest in Section 60 is Robert Kelly, son of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

A ceremony at Fayetteville National Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day remembered our nation's past while looking toward its future. Jacobs' father, Marine Sergent Christopher Jacobs, died during a training accident in California in 2011.