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On Memorial Day, Trump Honors Fallen Soldiers; Draws Criticism Over Tweet

On Memorial Day, Trump Honors Fallen Soldiers; Draws Criticism Over Tweet

"Our fallen heroes have not only written our history, they have shaped our destiny", Trump said, speaking at the cemetery's Memorial Ampitheater.

For his Memorial Day tweet, President Trump speculated about how pleased men and women who've died in combat would be about the state of the country.

Many individual veterans and family members of those who sacrificed their lives in service piled on the president on Twitter as well. "This is a very special day, today our whole country thanks you, embraces you and pledges to you we will never forget our heroes".

Critics slammed President Donald Trump on Monday for using Memorial Day to praise his own performance as president, a departure from the more traditional statements issued by previous administrations.

"Christian, I want you to know that even though your father has left this world, he's left it for the next".

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But the president then veered from the somber to the self-congratulatory in the tweet, citing what he said was the "Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more".

And Melania Trump thanked service members and their families for helping safeguard the country.

In downtown Rochester, hundreds attended the annual Memorial Day parade Monday morning. We can not imagine the depth of emotion that this day brings each year, the grief renewed, the memories relived, those last attractive moments together cherished and always remembered. As Americans we come together to remember our great heroes on this Memorial Day. He was joined by Gen. Joseph Dunford, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford honored those who "gave their last full measure so we could live in freedom and raise our children in peace".

Photographs of Trump's visit to Arlington showed Kelly and Trump visiting the gravesite of Kelly's son Robert Michael Kelly, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was 29.


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