tv Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery CSPAN May 28, 2018 1:39pm-2:32pm EDT
[applause] ♪ ["hail to the chief"] announcer: ladies and gentlemen, chaplain colonel terry austin command chaplain u.s. army military district of washington. >> let us pray. almighty god, prince of these, -- peace, you have declared there is no greater love than to lay down our lives, all who have given their lives, 135 national
cemetery representing all have 40 states andves , puerto rico, 26 cemeteries in 10 other countries. 10 other countries great we -- countries. we pause to honor their memory. i pray that we can be more aware of just how blessed we are as a nation as we realize the price they have paid to maintain our freedom. we also remember the families and friends of those who have given their lives in service to our nation. we pray that they will be comforted and reassured that the sacrifice of their loved ones is not in vain and that they are not forgotten. lord, as always, we ask that you continue to give wisdom to our commander-in-chief, his administration, our elected officials and military leaders as they promote these throughout throughout our country and around the world. we ask that you continue to
bless them with strength and courage to be successful. we ask that they will come home soon. we thank you, god, for our country and for our way of life. we ask that you will continue to bless america. we ask these things not of ourselves but in accordance with your will and the promise of peace through your holy name as the prince of peace. amen. announcer: please join the u.s. navy band and chorus in singing our national anthem. ♪ [national anthem begins] what so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watched, were so
watched, were so gallantly streaming and the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there -- o say does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave brave? ♪ [applause] announcer: ladies and gentlemen, general dunford.
general dunford: ladies and gentlemen, once again, welcome to this morning's ceremony. mr. president, secretary mattis, and distinguished guests, and most importantly the gold star families with us this morning, it is an honor to join you in solemn remembrance. today, we pause to remember the more than one million americans who gave their last full measure so we could live in freedom and raise our children in peace. on this memorial day, we also mark the 100th anniversary of world war i. in that war to end all wars, americans deployed to europe had promised that they would not come back until it is over, over there. that phrase captures the spirit of every american who has responded to the nation's call by simply stating, "here i am, send me." it is that selfless service we associate with the memory of our fallen sons and daughters, moms and dads, brothers, sisters, and friends. today, we honor their service and the enormity of their
sacrifice. we also reflect on the sacrifice of the families they left behind and for whom every day is memorial day. most importantly, today, we remember how they lived their lives. those we honor represent the very best of our nation. they shared a commitment to something greater than themselves. they were people who understood what we have in this country is worth fighting for. though their lives were cut short, they lived long enough to touch our lives and to make a difference. ladies and gentlemen, as we gather to reflect and remember the fallen let us strengthen our , own commitment to serve our nation, our communities, and the values for which we stand. if we do that, those that were taken from us prematurely can look down and know that their lives had meaning, and they will know that we truly do remember. on the behalf of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen that are still
announcer: ladies and gentlemen, secretary mattis. announcer: ladies and gentlemen, secretary mattis. [applause] secretary mattis: mr. president, gold star families, americans, and allies, general dunford, a country worth fighting for. -- for indeed. i believe robert louis stevenson captured the new today, where when he wrote, did the grave and let me die. glad did i live, and gladly do i lay down to die. i lay down with a will. this be the verse you grave for
much, everyone. thank you very much. what an honor. secretary mattis, and i love you, too. general dunford, joint chiefs, members of the armed forces, members of the cabinet, members of congress, and distinguished guests, thank you for joining us on this solemn day of remembrance. we are gathered here on the sacred soil of arlington national cemetery to honor the lives and deeds of america's greatest heroes, the men and women who laid down their lives for our freedom. today, we pay tribute to their service, we mourn alongside their families, and we strive to be worthy of their sacrifice. the heroes who rest in these hallowed fields, in cemeteries,
battlefields, near and far, are drawn from the full tapestry of american life. they came from every generation, from towering cities and windswept prairies, from privilege and poverty. they were generals and private cap girls and corporals of every color and creed. they were all brothers and sisters in arms. they were all united emma then as they are united now by our , undying love of our great country. [applause]
there's was a love more deep and more pure than most will ever know. it was a love that willed them up mountains, across oceans, and into enemy camps and unknown dangers. they marched into hell so that america could know the blessings of peace. they died so that freedom could live. america's legacy of service is exemplified by a world war ii veteran who joins us today, senator bob dole. [applause] [cheers]
earlier this year, i was fortunate to present a very special award to bob, the congressional gold medal. [applause] bob, thank you for honoring us with your presence, and thank you for your lifetime of service to our nation. today, we remember your fallen comrades who never returned home from that great struggle for freedom. we are also proud to be in the
[laughter] he is the oldest living survivor of the attack on pearl harbor. [applause] what a guy. ray, you are truly an inspiration to all who are here today and all of our great country. thank you, ray, for being with us. thank you. [applause] thank you. most importantly, we are joined today by the families of american heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice. we cannot imagine the depth of emotion that this day brings each year. the grief renewed, the memories relived, those last beautiful moments together cherished and
always remembered. and you also feel that incredible pride, a pride shared by one really and truly grateful nation. [applause] to every parent who weeps for a child, every parent that mourns for a child, and every husband or wife whose heart has been torn in two, today we ask god to comfort your pain, easier -- to ease your sorrow, and wipe away your tears. this is a very special day. today, our whole country thanks you, embraces you, and pledges to you -- we will never forget our heroes. [applause]
president trump: joining us today is the family of marine lieutenant colonel david green, who rests here at arlington. [applause] president trump: david grew up in upstate new york him and training of attending the united states naval academy. in 1982, that dream came true. soon another dream came true when dave met his eternal so made, sarah, who is here with their two beautiful children, jenna and wesley. [applause]
president trump: he is looking down on you right now, you know that? right? he is so proud and happy. after 10 years of service as a marine helicopter pilot, dave left active duty to spend more time with the people who truly filled his heart. those are the people you just met. but sarah knew the man she married, she knew he could not live without service, could not do it.
she suggested he joined the services in the form of r eserves. that is what he did. in january 2004, dave deployed to iraq. that summer, just a few weeks before he was scheduled to return home, he was called in to provide air support for ground troops who were in very serious danger. they were in very serious trouble. he immediately raced to the scene. as he covered his troops, he was shot by ground fire, giving up his life for his comrades and for his country. lieutenant colonel green remains one of the highest-ranking marines to have been killed in iraq since 2003. for him, it was never about rank or title. like all of his fellow warriors, it was only about duty. he served to defend our flag and
our freedom, and now his son wesley, who is a senior at liberty university, plans to follow in his father's footsteps and join the military. [applause] president trump: wesley, i just want to congratulate you and your entire family. great, great family. thank you very much and thank you for being here with us. thank you very much. beautiful. you're going to love the military. they are incredible people. you are also honored -- we are also honored to have with us today the family of captain mark stoppenhoffer and his wife and
their children. please. [applause] president trump: thank you for being with us. thank you very much. such an honor. mark grew up not from here in springfield, virginia. every year he visited these grounds and helped to one day serve here as a member of that very famous old guard. in 2004, mark deployed to iraq for the second time. while he was there, patty went into labor with their third child, and mark was with her by
phone when their beautiful baby girl was born. together, they named her hope. just a few months later, mark was on a mission your ba ghdad when he was tragically slain by a sniper's bullet. today, hope is 13 years old, although she never had the chance to meet her great father, she can feel his love wrapped around her every single day. when patty puts her children to bed and kisses them good night she can see mark's legacy beaming back at her through their bright and glowing eyes. thank you so much. [applause] president trump: really beautiful. thank you.
you know that, right? president trump: really beautiful. thank you. also joining us is a very special friend. seven-year-old christian jacobs who is here with his mom britney. i met christian one year ago today. last year, after the wreath-laying ceremony, christian walked over to me with great confidence, shook my hand, looked me straight in the eye and asked if i would like to meet his dad. he loved his dad. marine sergeant christopher jacobs, who died when christian was just eight months old. next, christian looking as sharp as you can look, dressed in a beautiful marine outfit, i've never seen a marine look that good in my life, christian.
he wanted to look good as a tribute to his father and he let me to his dad's grave and we pay our respects together. it was a moment i will always remember. christian, i want you to know that even though your father has left this world, he has left it for the next, he is not gone, he will never be gone. your dad's love and courage and strength live in you and as you grow bigger and stronger, so does your father's incredible legacy. that is so beautiful. thank you. [applause]
president trump: thank you, christian. good to see you. he has become my friend. to every family member of the fallen, i want you to know that the legacy of those you lost does not fade with time but grows only more powerful. their legacy does not, like a voice in the distance, become a faint echo, but instead their legacy goes deeper, spreading farther, touching more lives and reaching down through time and out across many generations. through their sacrifice, your
loved ones have achieved something very special -- immortality. today we remember the more than 82,000 american servicemen and women who remain missing from wars and conflicts fought over the past century. we will never stop searching for them. [applause] president trump: whenever possible, we will bring them home. we pledge to remember not just on memorial day, we will always remember them. we'll remember them every day. moments ago, i laid a wreath in
tribute to those resting in honored glory. for more than 80 years, the sentinels of the old guard have kept watch over the tomb of the unknown soldier. serving in this elite unit is among the most prestigious honors in the united states military. while the rest of us sleep, while we go about our lives, through every minute of every day, through freezing cold, scorching heat, and raging storms, they stand watch, even went the earth shook beneath their feet on 9/11 and smoke from the pentagon darkened the sky above these hills, here they
remained faithful at their post, eternal on guard. they never moved because america never forgets it is our heroes who make us who we are and to determine what we will be. [applause] president trump: our fallen heroes have not only written our history, they have shaped our destiny. they saved the lives of the men and women with whom they served. they cared for their families more than anything in the world. they love their families. they inspired their communities, uplifted their country and provided the best example of courage, virtue, and valor the world will ever know. they fought and bled and died so that america would forever remain safe and strong and free. each of the markers on that field, each of the names engraved in stone teach us what it means to be loyal and faithful and proud and brave and
righteous and true. that is why we come to this most sacred place. that is why we guard these grounds with absolute devotion. that is why we always will remember. here, on this soil, on these grounds, beneath those fields, lies the true source of american greatness, of american glory, and of american freedom. as long as we are blessed with patriots such as these, we shall forever remain one people, one family, and one nation under god. [applause] president trump: it has been my great honor to be with you today. i want to thank you.
>> now receive the benediction. -- by the thousands until the rivers ran red with the blood of the wounded and the blood of the dead. no matter the color and the few of the other skin, the blood is the same color outside and within. merciful god, grant to us your grace and peace and a strong recollection of this national memorial day of observance. may the memory of the sacred place be asked into our hearts and always cause us to be
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morning. >> on this memorial day holiday, c-span is visiting memorials around washington dc and the national mall. we are here at the vietnam veterans memorial, which includes three distinct parts. the wall and the women's memorial and the three serviceman statue. is atckside of the wall ground level, so you can't see it as you pass by the road. on this side of the name -- the names of more than 58,000 service members. and items that are left by visitors are collected by the park service, logged and stored. a number of people getting rubbings of the names, possibly those who they know whom have died in the war. we will take a moment to look at some of the visitors to the wall on this memorial day.
has argued three gun law cases before the supreme court. he spoke at the long island federal society -- long island federalist society. the senate majority pack president will be talking about democratic major elections. then the ceremony at the arlington national cemetery with president trump and members of his administration. >> could i ask for everyone's attention? i would like to introduce myself, i am the president of the long island lawyers chapter of the federalist society for law and public policy. lawfederalist society for studies is a group of conservative and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve read him