He then delivered a 20-minute address extolling not only those who died in battle, but also the Gold Star families they left behind. "That's why it's so important that we preserve Arlington for the next generation", according to Cotton, a former U.S. Army captain.
"Since the first volley of gunfire in the revolution, courageous Americans in every generation have answered the call of duty, and won victory for freedom in its hour of need", Trump said during his speech.
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. We can not repay them.
Trump participated in the traditional wreath-laying ceremony and a moment of silence at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, whose "name is known to God alone", Trump said.More news: Scott wields veto pen on new budget
"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", Trump said.
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". Christopher Horton, a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, who died in a gunbattle with insurgents in Afghanistan in 2011, and Maj.
David Horton summed it up by noting there are three days a year set aside for honoring members of the military.
Trump called on Americans to look into the eyes of people who had lost loved ones in the military and thank them for their sacrifice.More news: Jeff Sessions offered to resign after rising tension with Trump
"The times when we could completely rely on others are, to an extent, over", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Bob Dole, who sat in the audience at today's ceremony, thanking him for his service in World War II.
Hear President Trump's comments about Spc. "We do not know where they came from, who they left behind, or what they hoped to be, but we do know what they did".
Trump's remarks at the Memorial Day ceremony was his first public appearance since returning from a nine-day foreign trip.
As the anthem played, Trump swayed back and forth while patting his chest before beginning to sing along to portions of the song with a bit more enthusiasm than some consider appropriate for the occasion. The White House said Trump visited the gravesite of Robert Kelly, who was laid to rest in Section 60.More news: Oregon tops LSU 4-1, will play Oklahoma in WCWS semifinals