Trump, Defense Leaders Honor Fallen
by Lisa Ferdinando, DoD News / Defense
May 29, 2018
America will forever remember the service and sacrifice of those
who fought and died for the nation’s freedom, President Donald J.
Trump said at the 150th National Memorial Day observance at
Arlington National Cemetery on May 28, 2018.
President Donald J. Trump, Defense Secretary James
N. Mattis, and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, render honors
during the 150th National Memorial Day Observance at
Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia on May 28,
2018 ... honoring America’s fallen military service
members. (DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K.
Trump, escorted by Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, and Army
Maj. Gen. Michael Howard, commanding general, U.S. Army Military
District of Washington, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown
Soldier. A lone bugler then played taps; a moment of silence was
In remarks at the cemetery’s amphitheater, Trump
said the nation was shaped by the brave men and women who gave all
in service. America pauses on this solemn day to remember their
sacrifices, he said.
“We are gathered here on the sacred soil
of Arlington National Cemetery to honor the lives and deeds of
America’s greatest heroes -- the men and women who laid down their
lives for our freedom," Trump said.
Those who gave their
lives in service to the nation represent the full tapestry of
American life, he said. They came from different backgrounds, were
of all military ranks, and were of all race, color and creeds, he
said. Brothers and sisters in arms, they are forever united in their
undying love for the country, he said.
"They died so that
freedom could live," he said.
Spirit of the Service
In introducing Trump, Mattis said
Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson best captures the spirit of
today. The secretary then read Stevenson’s poem:
wide and starry sky, dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live
and gladly die, and I laid me down with a will. This be the verse
you grave for me: ‘Here he lies where he longed to be; home is the
sailor, home from the sea, and the hunter home from the hill.’”
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, said the nation pauses to remember the more than 1 million
U.S. service members who gave all so Americans could live in freedom
and raise their children in peace.
He noted it is also the
100th anniversary of World War I. "In that war to end all wars,
Americans deployed to Europe and promised that they would not come
back ''til it's over, over there.'"
That phrase, he said,
captures the spirit of every American who has responded to the
nation's call by stating 'here I am, send me,' he said.
is that selfless service that we associate with the memory of our
fallen sons and daughters, moms and dads, brothers, sisters and
friends," the general said. "Today we honor their service and the
enormity of their sacrifice. Today we also reflect on the sacrifice
of the families they left behind and for whom every day is Memorial
The life and legacy of the fallen will never be
forgotten, he said.
“Those we honor represent the very best
of our nation,” Dunford said. “They shared a commitment to something
greater than themselves and they were people who understood what we
have in this country is worth fighting for."
Heroes Shaped Destiny
Trump honored those who have
served and applauded audience members World War II veteran and
former Senator Bob Dole, and the oldest living survivor of the Pearl
Harbor attack, Ray Chavez.
The president also paid tribute to military
"We cannot imagine the depth
of emotion that this day brings,” he said. “Each year, the grief
renewed, the memories relived, those last beautiful moments
together, cherished and always remembered."
A grateful nation
shares the pride of their service, Trump said. “Today our whole
country thanks you, embraces you, and pledges to you we will never
forget our heroes,” he said.
He recognized in the audience
the families of fallen service members Marine Corps Lt. Col. David
Greene, Army Capt. Mark Stubenhofer, and Marine Corps Sgt.
"To every family member of the fallen, I
want you know that the legacy of those you lost does not fade with
time, but grows only more powerful,” he said.
promised America will never stop searching for the 82,000 American
service members who remain missing from conflicts over the last
"Our fallen heroes have not only written our
history, they've shaped our destiny,” he said.
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