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"> c-span's "washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up monday morning, the hill congressional reporter ellen a and roll calls white house reporter john bennett discuss the week ahead in congress. then the government accountability office carolyn will talk about the costs that medicaidcur from expansion. be sure to watch c-span's "washington journal" live at 7:00 a.m. join the discussion. now, president trump visited the american cemetery and memorial in paris' western
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the president was in france to take part in ceremonies commemorating the centennial end of world war i. ♪ >> chaplain timothy mallard will now gave the opening prayer. -- will now give the opening prayer. chaplain mallard: good afternoon, i invite you to pray with me. please. all mighty, holy, and merciful god, as we gather today, we humbly ask you to grace this ceremony. we reverently remember those warriors of our nations who on the battlefields of the first world war died a century ago to secure our liberty today.
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for those who here walked through the valley of the shadow of death remain their eternal shepherd and grant them even now rest in your kingdom. counting with grace their final sacrifice. in defense of liberty. make us worthy of their offering. and renew in us an unshakable determination to daily live out the ideals for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. with thankful and hope filled hearts, inspire us by our sacred fallen to a new determination, to ever defend justice, peace and freedom. interceding for your people, these petitions i offer to you, our great lord of lords and king of kings, amen. >> please be seated.
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please welcome the secretary of the american battle monuments commission. the honorable william matz. >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. welcome to the american battle monuments commission world war i centennial ceremony. it is indeed an honor for me to be with you today. on the 100th anniversary signing of the armistice that ended world war i. and, to extend a particularly warm welcome to our president, president donald j. trump. and to our many distinguished guests. we also welcome the descendents of two of our soldiers who are resting here. heather ewing, family member of first lieutenant george w ewing
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junior and first lieutenant lewis are ewing and mr. rick redman, family member of private frederick redman. we are indeed honored by your presence. the mission of the american battle monuments commission is to commemorate the honor, service and sacrifice of the united states armed forces. we do so by tending the graves of our fallen servicemen and women, buried at 26 american cemeteries around the world. and by educating americans and europeans alike about the deeds the accomplishments of american armed forces in providing the blessings of freedom to generations yet unborn. during this centennial period, we have reaffirmed our mission -- to honor the 4.7 million americans that served in uniform during the great war. a war that began the alliance with europe that has continued for the past century. as part of our commemoration,
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today we are gathered here at the american cemetery. this was the first of our overseas american cemeteries. 116,000 americans gave their lives in the great war to make the world safe for democracy. we stand in this cemetery today and honor the memory of 2515 of these men and women who are buried here or listed on the walls as missing. along with 24 unknown american soldiers of world war ii. in france and all along the western front, american troops proved decisive in the allied victory. american soldiers fought side-by-side with their wartime allies, helping to stop the final enemy offensive and turn the tide of battle. and finally, to end the war. it was in the words of a french marshall, your soldiers were superb.
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they came to us young and enthusiastic. carried forward by a vigorous idealism. they marched to battle with admirable gallantry. the brave men and women who served in world war i would then become the parents of the greatest generation. the generation that would return to france 25 years later and again lead the world to liberty and to peace. and so, by meeting here today to remember our nations' shared sacrifices, we keep faith with those who live between the -- who live between the crosses, row on row. i welcome you again as we pause to remember their endeavors, their struggles and sacrifices. and as we rededicate our efforts to assure that time will not dim the glory of their deeds. now, ladies and gentlemen, and american soldiers everywhere, it is my great honor to introduce our president and commander in
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chief, president donald j. trump. [applause] pres. trump: thank you very much, everybody. thank you very much. please. major, general, i want to thank you and everyone at the american battle monuments commission for doing just an absolutely fantastic job. exactly 100 years ago today, on november 11, 1918, world war i came to an end. thank god. it was a brutal war. millions of americans and allied troops fought with extraordinary skill and valor in one of the bloodiest conflicts in human history. we are gathered together at this hallowed resting place to pay
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tribute to the brave americans who gave their last breath in that mighty struggle. earlier, melania and i were deeply honored to be the guests of president macron and bridget at the centennial commemoration of armistice day. it was very beautiful. so well done. to all the french military leaders and dignitaries in attendance with us now, thank you for joining us as we honor the american and french service members who shed their blood together in a horrible, horrible war. a war known as the great war. we are also joined by many distinguished american military leaders. thank you to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, general joseph dunford. thank you, joe. army chief of staff, thank you
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general mark millie. thank you, mark. supreme allied commander in europe, general curtis scarpiati. general, thank you. air force commander, general todd walters. thank you, general. thank you as well to the members of congress who have joined us. ralph abraham, anthony brown, john carter, paul cook, richard hudson, bill huizinga, john rutherford and steve stivers, thank you for being with us. thank you very much. i know you wanted to be here very badly. we appreciate it. in the united states, armistice day is enshrined as veterans day. we have a number of amazing veterans with us today, including six veterans of world war ii.
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james blaine, where is james? james, thank you. thank you, james. frank devita -- thank you frank. thank you very much. you look so comfortable up there under shelter. as we are getting drenched. you are very smart people. [laughter] pete dupree, thank you very much. gregory, thank you, gregory. stephen, thank you stephen. and jay trimmer, thank you. you look like you are in really good shape, all of you. [applause] i hope i look like that some day. you look great. america is forever in your debt. we really appreciate you being here. we are also joined by another
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special guest. a 13-year-old boy from the united states named matthew. matthew is in the eighth grade and he worked and saved all of his money for two years to make this trip to france. he wanted to be here in person to honor the american heroes of world war i. matthew, thank you, you make us very proud. where is matthew? matthew? matthew? thank you very much. [applause] you are way ahead of your time, matthew. thank you. on this day in the year 1918, church bells rang, families embraced and celebrations filled the streets like never before. in towns throughout europe and the united states. but victory had come at a terrible cost. among the allied forces, more than one million french soldiers and 116,000 american service members had been killed by the
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war's end. millions more were wounded. countless would come home bearing the lasting scars of trench warfare and the grizzly horrors of chemical weapons. during the final battle of the war, more than 26,000 americans lost their lives. more than 95,000 were wounded. it was the single deadliest battle in united states history. think of that. 26,000 americans lost their lives in a battle. here on the revered grounds, the suresnes american cemetery lie more than 1500 u.s. service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in the first world war. among those buried here are legendary marines who fought in the battle of bella wood. in that treacherous forest and
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surrounding fields, american marine soldiers and allied forces fought and they fought through hell. they turned the tide of the war, that is what they did. they turned the tide of the war. it was in that battle that our marines earned the nickname devil dogs. arising from the german description of their ferocious fighting spirit. john kelly knows that name very well. earlier this year, president macron presented an oak sapling from bella wood as a gift to our nation and an enduring reminder of our friendship, sealed in battle. we fought well together. you could not fight better than we fought together. sergeant eugene weare from hazelton, pennsylvania was one of the marines, he ran into a barrage of enemy fire like no
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one has ever seen before. he carried friends back to safety. he was mortally wounded, he passed away one day after christmas. his mother would come right here to mourn by the grave of her precious son. she loved him so much. she was one of the thousands of american moms and dads. whose beloved children found their final resting place on the hillside. each of these marble crosses and stars of david marks the life of an american warrior. great, great warriors they are. who gave everything for a family, country, god, and freedom. through rain, hail, snow, mud, poisonous gas and more. they held the line and pushed onward to victory. a great, great victory.
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a costly victory but a great victory. never knowing if they would ever again see their families or ever again hold their loved ones. here are the words of a young soldier named paul maynard from a letter he wrote only a few days before the end of the war. dear mother, i think of you and all at home. i know if i am spared, that i shall appreciate home more than ever, ever before. it will seem like heaven to me to be once more where there is peace and only peace. on november 11, 1918, paul died. in the final hours of battle, just before the end.
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sadly, he did not make it. he was among the countless young men who never returned home. but, through their sacrifice, they ascended to peace in heaven. rest in peace, paul. the american and french patriots of world war i embodied the timeless virtues of our two republics. honor and courage, strength and valor. love and loyalty, grace and glory. it is our duty to preserve the civilization they defended. and to protect the peace they so nobly gave their lives to secure one century ago. it is now my great honor to present major general william matz with an american flag as the symbol of our nation's gratitude to the american battle
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monuments. the commission has done such an incredible job. general, we very much appreciate it. today, we renew our sacred obligation to memorialize our fallen heroes on the soil where they rest for all of eternity. thank you very much. general, this is a great honor. thank you very much. [applause] president trump: thank you all, god bless you. it has been a wonderful two days we spent in france. this is certainly the highlight of the trip. thank you very much. i appreciate it. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the benediction and remain standing for the playing of "taps" and the retiring of the colors. >> and now receive this benediction, please. almighty god, creator of the nations, as we leave this hallowed ground, remind us that it is only by the gracious provision of your holy spirit that we live and move and have our being. indeed, as we have exercised our duty to remember, now renew in us your everlasting hope that from the fire of war we may walk afresh in the light of your peace. in the timeless assurance of your holy word, i offer now a benediction. may the lord bless you and keep you, may the lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. may the lord lift his
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countenance upon you and grant you peace. now, for evermore. amen. >> ♪ ["taps" playing] ♪ >> order, march.
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>> colorguard, retire the colors! >> colorguard, march! >> [drum rolls]
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>> it is requested that guests remain standing while the official party and their spouses depart the cemetery.
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