President Trump and First Lady Honor America’s Fallen Fighting Men and Women
First Lady Melania Trump issued her Memorial Day message Monday on Instagram, calling it a day “to remember that Freedom isn’t free.”
President Donald Trump made his Memorial Day tribute at Arlington National Cemetery to those who have fallen in battle or while protecting a nation forever thankful for their selfless service.
“We mourn alongside their families and we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice,” the Commander-in- Chief told an audience of Cabinet members, military leaders, veterans and families assembled in the marble amphitheater near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
President Trump said he came to the “sacred soil” of Arlington Monday “to honor the lives and deeds of America’s greatest heroes” the men and women who laid down their lives so that others could be free.
President Trump also laid a wreath at the tomb during his 2nd Memorial Day trip to Arlington as President.
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.”
At Arlington, President 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.”
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.”
The First Lady is currently recovering from minor kidney surgery, and has not been seen in public for 2 weeks.
Shortly before her hospitalization, Melania Trump unveiled her “Be Best” campaign in a speech in the White House Rose Garden, which aims to “teach children the importance of social and self-awareness, positive relationship skills, and responsible decision making.”