Making a special recognition to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired general, Trump offered his thoughts to the Kelly family for their son, who died in Afghanistan. "He understands more than most ever could, or ever will, the wounds and burdens of war".
Kelly led the U.S. Southern Command and lost his son, Robert Kelly, who stepped on a land mine while on a Marine patrol in Afghanistan in November 2010.
He says, "Some kids just say it's another day off school, but if I can be a help and let people know what it really means by serving, then that's better off for me and for them". We grieve with you.
The president said while "we can never replace" or repay fallen service members, "we can always remember". Byers was on his third combat tour and, Trump said, ran through smoke and a hail of bullets to rescue an Afghan soldier when he was killed. "Though they were only here for a brief time before God called them home, their legacy will endure forever..."
Trump recognized former Sen.
In his speech, Trump offered the nation's respect to Gold Star families and told the stories of some slain soldiers, like Maj. "While we can not know the extent of your pain, what we do know is that our gratitude to them and to you is boundless and undying-will always be there, Thank you", Trump said.
"Their stories are now woven into the soul of our nation, into the stars and stripes on our flag, and into the beating hearts of our great, great people", Mr. Trump said.
The event was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford.
"Honoring the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to America".
"To the families of the fallen both here, and at home, no words will ease your pain, but I bet you, let it have meaning -unite your sorrow with their awesome goal", Mattis said.
Earlier in the morning, the president visited the cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where he placed a wreath and had a moment of silence as a bugle player performed "Taps". "It's not really a celebration, but we look in the past of the sacrifice they did and look to the future for the future freedoms that we have from the sacrifice that they gave", he added. Trump decried being "viciously attacked" by the Khans, who are Muslim, and questioned why Ghazala Khan, Humayun Khan's mother, did not speak as she stood next to her husband, Khizr Khan, at the convention, during which they said Trump "sacrificed nothing" for the country.