Trump hails heroes, lays wreath to mark Memorial Day

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Veterans and community members attended a Memorial Day Ceremony at the New Bern National Cemetery Monday morning.

Following a 149-year-old tradition that dates back to President Ulysses S. Grant, Trump began his first visit to the cemetery as president by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

"Words can not measure the depth of their devotion, the purity of their love or the totality of their courage", Mr. Trump said, calling those who have served in the military "special, special people".

President Donald Trump, right, and Vice President Mike Pence, left, meet with guests and their families at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 29, 2017, following a Memorial Day ceremony. "When we came home from Vietnam - it's really enlightening to see that people do understand what all we did", Brollier added.

A 21-gun salute was followed by a tune military families know all too well, TAPS.

Before the remarks, Trump laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, touching it for a long moment before stepping away. "The real reason for this holiday is to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice fighting for us", said Senator Simpson.

"We try to get out to all the graves and remember all of our fallen veterans", Kvam said.

Specialist Kristen Pinnock participated in the tribute for the first time this year, telling WFLA, "I'm thinking about the families - what they had gone through, what they still go through".

He also made special mention of former Kansas Sen. He attended the ceremony along with his wife, Elizabeth Dole, also a former USA senator. Dole, 93, rose from his wheelchair to acknowledge the applause.

Crusaders for Veterans and the Memorial Committee of the Biloxi National Cemetery hosted the ceremony. He accepted a yellow rose from Alison Malachowski, whose son, Marine Staff Sgt. James Michael Malachowski, is buried in Section 60.

President Donald Trump has visited a section of Arlington National Cemetery where USA military members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried.

Trump also paused to talk to a young boy dressed in a crisp Marine uniform.

During the 2016 campaign, Trump was widely criticized for verbally sparring with Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father of Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War.