President Donald Trump visited both the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and Baltimore’s Fort McHenry on Monday to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
The president spoke from the historic Baltimore Fort to offer high praise for veterans throughout history. “We come together to salute the flag they gave their lives to so boldly and brilliantly defend,” Trump said. “We pledge, in their cherished memories, that this majestic flag will proudly fly forever.”
“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,” Trump said. “We think of the soldiers who spent their final heroic moments on distant battlefields to keep us safe at home. We remember the young Americans who never got the chance to grow old but whose legacy will outlive us all.”
The President also thanked active members of the armed forces for everything they do including their role in combatting the “invisible enemy” plaguing the world right now.
“Once more the men and women of the United States military have answered the call to duty and raced into danger,” pointing out that the national guard and others have delivered supplies and helped care for patients.
“Together, we will vanquish the virus and America will rise from this crisis to new and even greater heights,” Trump told a small crowd of people, who were sitting at a distance from one another. “As our brave warriors have shown us from the nation’s earliest days, in America, we are the captains of our own fate.”
“No obstacle, no challenge, and no threat is a match for the sheer determination of the American people,” Trump continued. “This towering spirit permeates every inch of the hallowed soil beneath our feet.”
“Trump praised the tens of thousands of service members and national guardsmen on the frontlines of the “war against this terrible virus.”
The president also observed that “for as long as we have citizens willing to follow” the example of veterans who came before us, “to carry on their burden, to continue their legacy, then America’s cause will never fail, and American freedom will never ever die.”
“Today we honor the heroes we have lost,” continued Trump. “We pray for the loved ones they left behind, and as God as our witness, we solemnly vow to protect, preserve and cherish this land they gave their last breath to defend and to defend so proudly.”
As the president spent the day honoring fallen Americans, Baltimore’s mayor took issue with the president’s appearances, arguing that this sort of “nonessential travel” was sending the wrong message.
“I wish that the president, as our nation’s leader, would set a positive example and not travel during this holiday weekend,” Young, a Democrat, said in a statement. “That President Trump is deciding to pursue nonessential travel sends the wrong message to our residents, many of whom have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus.”
White House spokesman Judd Deere responded in a statement saying, “The brave men and women who have preserved our freedoms for generations did not stay home and the president will not either as he honors their sacrifice by visiting such a historic landmark in our nation’s history.”