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First Memorial Day ceremony at Omaha National Cemetery

03 June 2017

Trump first placed a wreath in Arlington at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier a day ahead of his inauguration.

Participating in the somber, annual observance Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, Trump recounted the stories of Green Beret Capt. Andrew D. Byers of Colorado Springs and Christopher D. Horton of the Oklahoma National Guard as Byers' tearful parents and Horton's emotional widow looked on. Bob Dole, who sat in the audience at today's ceremony, thanking him for his service in World War II.

Robert Kelly, 29, was killed in a roadside bomb blast in 2010 during a foot patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. John Kelly's other son, Johnny, is preparing for his fifth military deployment, and his son-in-law Jake is a wounded warrior.

Without a word, he slowly laid the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. It included a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps to honor those who died in the military. "We can only hope every day that we prove worthy, not only of their sacrifice and service but of the sacrifices made by their families and loved ones they left behind".

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Response to Trump's speech on Memorial Day has been overwhelmingly positive, with ABC describing it as a "solemn tribute" and New York Magazine author Ed Kilgore calling it "entirely appropriate and occasionally eloquent".

Donald Trump used America's Memorial Day to momentarily remove himself from the controversy surrounding his administration over alleged links to Russian Federation - visiting Arlington National Cemetery and honouring those who had died in war. At the time, he did so alongside Vice President Mike Pence, who joined Trump at the ceremonies Monday morning.

Trump previewed the address Saturday before he flew home from Italy, the final stop on his first trip overseas since taking office.

Instead, Trump used the occasion to single out several service members who have died in combat in recent years and also honored former Sen.

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Trump also noted his desire to boost spending on the military, and as commander in chief pledged his "complete and unshakeable support" to the men and women in uniform.

Hundreds gathered in the Phoenix National Memorial Cemetery today to remember those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice, like 10-year-old Nick.

Before speaking to a crowd at the Arlington National Cemetery, the president sang along to the National Anthem.

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.

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First Memorial Day ceremony at Omaha National Cemetery