"We pledge to you that we will always remember Robert and what he did for all of us", Trump said. Christopher Horton; Special Forces Capt. Andrew Byers; and Marine First Lt. Robert Kelly, the son of Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, whose family members were in attendance.
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.
He then delivered a 20-minute address extolling not only those who died in battle, but also the Gold Star families they left behind.
Instead of endless war-memorial platitudes, Mr. Trump, who attended a military secondary school, personalized his part of the ceremony.
Trump sent out several tweets Monday morning in advance of his visit, including: "Honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America". 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".More news: Insane crash at Indy 500 takes out two cars
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"Every time you see the sun rise over this blessed land, please know that your fearless sons and daughters pushed away the night and delivered for us all that great and glorious dawn", he said. Trump decried being "viciously attacked" by the Khans, who are Muslim, and questioned why Ghazala Khan, Humayun Khan's mother, did not speak as she stood next to her husband, Khizr Khan, at the convention, during which they said Trump "sacrificed nothing" for the country. "Home of the free, because of the fearless", he tweeted even earlier Monday morning.
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.
Asked what meaning Memorial Day held for him, Secretary Kelly said: "Sad". "Their duty was to serve". Articles featured include reporting on world news, politics, finance, health, entertainment and technology.