Monday, Americans paused to remember the men and women who have laid down their lives to protect our country—our freedoms, our way of life, and our home.
More than 1 million U.S. service members have made the ultimate sacrifice since our Founding. For Memorial Day, President Trump honored these fallen warriors by visiting two important, historic sites.
At Arlington National Cemetery, the President joined Vice President Mike Pence, First Lady Melania Trump, and Second Lady Karen Pence for a wreath laying ceremony. After the playing of our National Anthem, President Trump stepped up to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to give an honorary salute.
Later, he traveled to Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, the place where American troops held back a British invasion more than 200 years ago.
🎬 WATCH: President Trump visits Fort McHenry
A fleet of some 30 warships attacked the fort relentlessly for 25 hours in September 1814. Through the smoke of battle, America’s battered flag stood strong. It was a symbol of the perseverance of U.S. forces, fighting off invasion and preserving our independence.
“Every time we sing our anthem, every time its rousing chorus swells our hearts with pride, we renew the eternal bonds of loyalty to our fallen heroes. We think of the soldiers who spent their final heroic moments on distant battlefields to keep us safe at home,” President Trump said.
“We remember the young Americans who never got the chance to grow old but whose legacy will outlive us all.”