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President Trump observes Memorial Day with somber service at Arlington

President Trump observes Memorial Day with somber service at Arlington

Secretary Kelly himself made headlines this weekend, downplaying the significance of Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner looking to open a backchannel line of communication with Russian Federation during the transition.

Despite the overcast skies and sprinkling rain, Tobey was one of several hundred who gathered Monday at the National Cemetery for the program and to wander through the rows of white headstones, each decorated with a small American flag.

Trump called on Americans to look into the eyes of people who had lost loved ones in the military and thank them for their sacrifice.

Harris said she knows people are here for different reasons but believes her family is not the only ones thinking of her son. Vice President Mike Pence, who accompanied the president, hugged one of the women.

The Memorial Day Ceremony is a very public ceremony, but many of those who travel to Fort Snelling National Cemetery are there for very personal reasons, visiting the graves of friends and loved ones.

Trump singled out for praise three fallen heroes, killed fighting terrorists in Afghanistan since 2010 - Marine 1st Lt. Robert Michael Kelly (2010), Army Specialist Christopher Horton (2011) and Army Capt. Andrew Beyers (2016).

World War II veteran Everett Coleman attended that ceremony the day before a special anniversary in his life.

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He honored Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired general, and his son Robert, killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Secretary Kelly's other son, Johnny, is getting ready for his fifth military deployment. And Kelly's son-in-law Jake is a wounded warrior.

Earlier in the morning, the president visited the cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier where he placed a wreath and had a moment of silence as a bugle player performed "Taps".

"We honor the noblest among us, the men and women who paid the ultimate price for victory and freedom", Trump said. Trump tweeted Monday. "I look forward to paying my respects to our fearless men and women on this Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery later this morning".

He then delivered a 20-minute address extolling not only those who died in battle, but also the Gold Star families they left behind.

President Trump spent Memorial Day paying tribute to America's fallen service members at Arlington National Cemetery.

The motorcyclists took part in the 7th Annual Highground Memorial Day Honor Ride Motorcycle Rally.

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