Trump hails the fallen and their families at Arlington


Though he acknowledged those who died in every war beginning with the Revolutionary War, Trump singled out what he called "a new generation of American patriot" which has defended the United States "from an enemy that uses the murder of innocents to wage war on humanity itself".

"They all share one title in common-and that is the title of "hero"-real heroes", Trump said".

Trump honored Gold Star families calling their fallen loved ones "angels sent to us by God", in his first public address since returning from his first trip overseas as commander-in-chief.

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Trump hailed heroes in his first Memorial Day remarks as president at Arlington National Cemetery. During last year's presidential campaign, he notably engaged in a dispute with Capt. Humayun Khan's Gold Star parents, who spoke out against Trump in a Democratic National Convention speech.

"As we honour the courageous warriors who gave their lives for ours, spending their last moments on this earth in defence of this country and of its people, words can not measure the depth of their devotion, the purity of their love or the totality of their courage", Trump said.

"We do not know where they came from, who they left behind, or what they hoped to be, but we do know what they did", Mr. Trump said.

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"I want people to remember what some gave for their country", Jane Horton, Christopher Horton's widow, said in 2012. "Special, special people", he said. Bob Dole, who suffered permanently crippling injuries as a member of the 10th Mountain Division in a battle with the German army in Italy in World War II.

Trump placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at a Memorial Day ceremony, in advance of his first Memorial Day remarks as president.

Trump fired back on Twitter and later in an interview with ABC News, insinuating that Khan's wife, Ghazala, was not allowed to speak at the DNC. Several reports claim Jared Kushner proposed setting up a secret channel of communication with the Kremlin and the Trump transition team.

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The event was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford. After his speech, Trump visited Robert Kelly's grave in Section 60 of the cemetery. Six-year-old Christian Jacobs' father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, died during military training exercises in Twentynine Palms, Calif., in 2011.