President Donald Trump participated in a traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington, Va. on Monday for Memorial Day.
Trump was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
First Lady Melania Trump and Joints Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley were also in attendance, along with other members of Trump’s administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, among others.
Memorial Day was traditionally observed on May 30 but is now observed on the last Monday in May.
It is a day to honor, remember, and pay tribute to those fallen U.S. service members who died in active military service, giving the ultimate sacrifice so that Americans can have liberty and justice for all.
Trump tweeted a Memorial Day image on Monday morning, which said, “We can never replace them. We can never repay them. But we can always remember.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2020
Trump is expected to travel with Melania Trump to Baltimore’s Fort McHenry, where he will honor the country’s fallen troops.
Fort McHenry’s successful defense of the Baltimore Harbor during the War of 1812 paved the way for the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Last year, Trump visited a U.S. aircraft carrier in Japan on Memorial Day.