President Trump and the First Lady made an unannounced visit to Arlington Cemetery on Thursday, May 23, 2019, to pay their respects to fallen soldiers. The president will be in Japan over the Memorial Day weekend.
Donald Trump wished to visit the soldier’s graves ahead of his trip to Japan, where he will attend an event to meet the United States troops at Yokosuka Naval Base to mark Memorial Day, which is observed on Monday, May 27, according to The Hill.
The presidential motorcade arrived outside the Arlington Cemetery at 2:20 p.m.
During their 20-minute visit to the cemetery, the first couple laid flags in section 34, where one of the headstones belongs to Fred Buckles, who was the last living veteran from World War I, according to the White House press pool.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that the president will also hold a Memorial Day event while in Japan. However, he wanted to visit the cemetery before he departs to Japan.
The first lady tweeted: “Honored to be at @ArlingtonNatl today & take part in #FlagsIn to remember our fallen heroes. God Bless our military, their families & God Bless our great Nation! @USArmyOldGuard.”
On Memorial Day, each year, a flag is placed by every tombstone in memory of more than 400,000 men and women who fought for the freedom of the country. In 2018 on Memorial Day, Trump spoke of the fallen soldier’s love for their country as being “more deep and more pure than most will ever know,” CNN reported.
“They marched into hell so that America could know the blessings of peace. They died so that freedom could live,” said the president.
On April 11, Trump hosted four World War II veterans at the White House. President Trump said the veterans were “great heroes, great warriors, highly respected,” from a time when “we knew how to win wars.”
In June 2018, the president had made a promise to a 95-year-old Allen Jones. “I’m going to be 95 years of age on April 11 of next year,” retired sergeant Jones told the president while appearing with him at a Kansas City VFW event. “Hopefully, you will allow me to bring my family into the Oval Office to meet you.”
To which the president replied with an enthusiastic “Yes!”
Jones celebrated his 95th birthday at the White House, where he was there with three other World War II veterans, including centenarians Floyd Wigfield, Sidney Walton, and Paul Kriner at the Oval Office.
“Beautiful afternoon in the Oval Office today with a few great American HEROES!” Trump tweeted on April 12.
During his 2019 State of the Union address, Trump honored three veterans who fought for their country in World War II. “On D-Day, June 6, 1944, 15,000 young American men jumped from the sky, and 60,000 more stormed in from the sea, to save our civilization from tyranny,” said Trump
“Here with us tonight are three of those heroes: Private First Class Joseph Reilly, Staff Sergeant Irving Locker, and Sergeant Herman Zeitchik. Gentlemen, we salute you,” said the president.
Sergeant Herman Zeitchik, World War II and D-Day veteran. pic.twitter.com/ReInfoqY8S
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 6, 2019
Trump also spoke of the soldiers who took part in D-Day and said: “They did not know if they would survive the hour. They did not know if they would grow old. But they knew that America had to prevail. Their cause was this nation, and generations yet unborn.”
“Why did they do it? They did it for America—they did it for us. Everything that has come since—our triumph over communism, our giant leaps of science and discovery, our unrivaled progress toward equality and justice—all of it is possible thanks to the blood and tears and courage and vision of the Americans who came before,” Trump further added.
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May and commemorates all those who died while serving in the United States armed forces.
Honored to be at @ArlingtonNatl today & take part in #FlagsIn to remember our fallen heroes. God Bless our military, their families & God Bless our great Nation! @USArmyOldGuard pic.twitter.com/lJ3lu2KfJG
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 23, 2019
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Author: Chris Ford
Source: The Epoch Times: President Trump and First Lady Melania Visit Arlington Cemetery Ahead of Memorial Day