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President Trump observes Memorial Day with somber service at Arlington

30 Mai 2017

It was a somber event as flowers were placed on a wreath for those who have fought and died for our country.

All across the country and here in Minnesota, folks are honoring our nation's heroes this Memorial Day. In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday by an act of Congress, celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Once again, President Trump, after his successful nine-day trip overseas, did America proud, this time on the sacred USA soil of Arlington National Cemetery.

The president was accompanied to Arlington cemetery by Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as a slew of advisers and Cabinet members, including veterans' secretary David Shulkin and housing secretary Ben Carson.

As pleased as he was with the turnout and thankful to those who showed reverence, Vance Sutton said he would've liked to see a bigger crowd.

Gov. Brian Sandoval, left, and Brig. The master of ceremonies will be the Nevada Department of Veterans Services Deputy Director Fred Wagar. She is the sister of a veteran.

His parents, Clemente and Gladys, are two of approximately 35,000 people buried at the Boulder City cemetery. But it is hard to be content with their silence, for we miss them. Christopher D. Horton, 26, of Collinsville, Okla., who died while serving in Afghanistan, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, during the burial services at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

During that visit, the president greeted other families who had lost loved ones.

And those who came to the ceremony weren't just thinking about those who were killed in action, but also those who died of suicide and other lingering, service-related illnesses. There's a reason why it means so much to them, it's a symbol of unity and honor.

Trump also paid tribute to World War II veteran and former Sen.

"I come out here to honor our fallen veterans and wear my uniform", said Joseph Cronin. "It's a day to remember, and I never forget him".

"To all the veterans here today, who served and didn't return home, the rest of us owe you a debt of great gratitude", Gov. Mark Dayton said. "Not as a day of solemn mourning, but a day of reverent celebration dedicated to their character, their strength and moral fortitude".

The traditional role call of deceased veterans, decorating of the respective crosses, and a 21-gun salute was conducted in honor of those soldiers who gave their lives defending the United States.

President Trump observes Memorial Day with somber service at Arlington