The Derry News reported on the occasion as well:
“During his second Memorial Day trip to Arlington as President, Trump laid a wreath at the tomb before making his remarks. He recognized military figures, including Bob Dole, the former senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, who served in World War II. And he spoke warmly about a number of military families in attendance, including a young boy named Christian Jacobs, whose father is buried at Arlington.”
“Trump said the boy showed him his father’s grave last year, calling it “a moment I will always remember.””
“Before heading to the hallowed grounds across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital, Trump tweeted that “those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today.””
First Lady Melania Trump and Ivanka both sent Memorial Day messages that spoke of remembrance and thanks. Perhaps that young man should have paid more attention to these strong women or somebody should have taught him respect. “As we remember our fallen servicemen and women, our hearts are filled with gratitude for their sacrifice and awe of their courage,” Ivanka Trump tweeted.
At Arlington, Trump said the heroes who died for America “rest in these hallowed fields, in cemeteries, battlefields and burial grounds near and far, and are drawn from the full tapestry of American life.” The President said they came from “every generation, from towering cities and wind-swept prairies, from privilege and from poverty. They were generals and privates, captains and corporals of every race, color and of every creed, but they were all brothers and sisters in arms. And they were all united then, as they are united now, forever, by their undying love of our great country.”
Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, honored the more than a million Americans he said “gave their last full measure so we could live in freedom and raise our children in peace.” So very true. He also honored the families “they left behind and for whom every day is Memorial Day.” Those who fought and died for America, he 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.” Trump was joined by his Chief of Staff, John Kelly, whose son, Marine 2nd Lt. Robert M. Kelly, was k****d in November 2010 after he stepped on a land mine while on patrol in southern Afghanistan. He is buried at Arlington.