Armed Forces Honor Memorial Day at Wreath-Laying at Arlington (Video)

Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly joined President Donald J. Trump yesterday at the Armed Forces Full Honor Wreath Ceremony for the 2017 National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery to honor America’s fallen military service members.

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington conducted a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honors Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

(President Donald J. Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, participate in a Memorial Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns monument in Arlington, Va., May 29, 2017. Courtesy of DoD News, Bridget Bosch and YouTube)

This was followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Defense in the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater.

“On Memorial Day, our country recognizes the more than one million men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while carrying out their duties in our armed forces,” said Secretary Kelly.”

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly

“As it was on May 15, when we honored our law enforcement fallen, it is a day to honor the memory of our brave men and women in uniform who dedicated their lives to training tirelessly, serving selflessly, and dying to protect our freedoms, keep us safe from harm, and secure our nation.”

“Throughout our nation’s history, our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen have valiantly responded when called to duty.

“They have run toward the danger when others have retreated.”

“We are thankful to our men and women in uniform—past and present—for putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our nation and our people.”