President Trump to Speak at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day

Cheryl Sanders
May 30, 2017

"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. In the Fort Gibson National Cemetery, an Officer's Circle surrounds the flag with 38 graves.

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

The Memorial Day ceremony was sponsored by the Beirut Memorial Chapter 642, Military Order of the Purple Heart, for the 9th year.

The preferred name for the holiday gradually changed from "Decoration Day" to "Memorial Day", which was first used in 1882. He said taking the time to look at fallen heroes' that are in hallowed ground shows much needed respect.

Stan Beatty, U.S. Army Veteran said, "Every Memorial Day, I have to attend a ceremony such as this".

After the address, Trump visited a section of the cemetery for US service members killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. While parts of the cemetery are still under construction, it has already become a sacred place of remembrance and patriotism for veterans and their families. "We had a really nice little ceremony".

The parade went south on 51 towards the Saint Mary Cemetery in Hurley while the band played patriotic numbers. Frederick Paxson was Marine and served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. "The Nevada family never, never, ever forgets".

Gen. Mattis made the especially appropriate point that it is not this world-renowned plot of land overlooking the Potomac River and the nation's capital that gives Americans reason to remember and revere the service members buried there. "Not as a day of solemn mourning, but a day of reverent celebration dedicated to their character, their strength and moral fortitude".

The ceremony wrapped up with the playing of taps, a 21 gun salute and a wreath being laid at the entrance to this military cemetery.

Veterans watched as Governor Raimondo alongside other top leaders thanked them for their service.

Members of the Armed Forces and community first responders will be recognized by various speakers.

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