President Donald Trump has made an announced visit to Arlington National Cemetery.
In a steady rain, Trump visited the cemetery on Saturday during an annual event in which holiday wreaths are laid every December to honor the sacrifices made by veterans and their families.
Trump paid his respects as volunteers for ‘Wreaths Across America‘ waited in long lines to place a Christmas wreath on the tombs of America’s greatest heroes.
The event, which is held every December, aims to “remember, honor, and teach” about those who served, and perished, fighting for America’s freedom.
In addition to Arlington National Cemetery, Wreaths Across America Day is observed at more than 1,400 cemeteries in all 50 states, as well as at sea and abroad.
President Donald Trump speaks to media as he visits Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Donald Trump pauses and talks as he visits Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The president made the surprise visit to the military cemetery roughly an hour after the wreath-laying event began. He walked through the grounds and viewed firsthand, in the rain and wind, the tributes that were given to America’s veterans.
“As you know, I just left the day before the American Cemetery, and I probably think — and that was one where it was raining as hard as you can imagine, and I made a speech at the American Cemetery the day before, and I probably — you know, in retrospect I should have,” Trump said at the time. “I did last year, and I will virtually every year.”
Trump praised Wreaths Across America organizers and the volunteers for their dedicated and honorable work in the gloomy weather.
“They do a great job, a really great job,” Trump said during his visit. “Thank you.”
President Donald Trump speaks to media he visits Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
The president on Saturday listened to a tour guide as they walked through the rows of white tombstones.
Trump told reporters that he supported a plan to expand the cemetery so it could continue to hold burials for decades to come.
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Source: The Associated Press