Trump hails heroes at Arlington National Cemetery

During last year's presidential campaign, he notably engaged in a dispute with Capt. Humayun Khan's Gold Star parents, who spoke out against Trump in a Democratic National Convention speech.

On Monday, Trump also made special mention of former Sen. The son of the retired Marine lieutenant general, Robert, also a Marine, died in 2010 after he stepped on a land mine while on patrol in Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump has visited a section of Arlington National Cemetery where US military members killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. After his speech, Trump visited Robert Kelly's grave in Section 60 of the cemetery.

Local 8 News met with one woman in the crowd who moves through life comforted by the memory of her father, who died before she was old enough to remember. Vice President Mike Pence, who accompanied the president, hugged one of the women. "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.

Trump hailed heroes in his first Memorial Day remarks as president on Monday. Bob Dole, who suffered permanently crippling injuries as a member of the 10th Mountain Division in a battle with the German army in Italy in World War II. John Kelly's other son, Johnny, is preparing for his fifth military deployment, and his son-in-law Jake is a wounded warrior.

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A ceremony at Fayetteville National Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day remembered our nation's past while looking toward its future. The playing of "Taps" echoed as he placed his hand over his heart and military officers saluted.

Though he acknowledged those who died in every war beginning with the Revolutionary War, Trump singled out what he called "a new generation of American patriot" which has defended the United States "from an enemy that uses the murder of innocents to wage war on humanity itself".

Trump recognized several Gold Star families who've lost loved ones during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, pausing during his remarks to thank and applaud their families. In the second, he said "I look forward to paying my respects to our courageous men and women on this Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery later this morning".

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.

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