Kirsters Baish| For many Americans, Memorial Day marks a rare Monday off from work, a day to celebrate, spend time at the beach, and barbeque. First Lady Melania Trump took time yesterday to remind everyone exactly what we are celebrating. She wrote on her Twitter page, “Freedom isn’t free.” She continued, “On #MemorialDay we honor the many Americans who laid down their lives for our great country. As one nation under God, we come together to remember that freedom isn’t free. Thank you to all the service members & their families who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.”
On #MemorialDay we honor the many Americans who laid down their lives for our great country. As one nation under God, we come together to remember that freedom isn’t free. Thank you to all the service members & their families who sacrifice so much to keep us safe. ?? pic.twitter.com/H6yhNQXyPg
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) May 28, 2018
Mrs. Trump underwent minor kidney surgery on May 14, and is still recovering, so she has been out of the media’s sights.
President Trump has been known to show the utmost respect for the military members who are serving and have served our country in the past. His tribute to the fallen men and women of the United States Military yesterday was breathtaking. President Trump took part in a wreath laying ceremony that was being held at the Tomb of a fallen Unknown Solder. The ceremony was held at Arlington National Cemetery. Trump stood in front of thousands of people at the Memorial Amphitheater, which is located on the same property as the cemetery.
President Trump took time to draw his attention to a 7-year-old boy in the audience named Christian Jacobs for special recognition.
“Also joining us today is a very special friend, 7-year-old Christian Jacobs… 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,” @POTUS says pic.twitter.com/4taliwjpyY
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 28, 2018
“I met Christian exactly one year ago today,” Trump recounted. “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,” said Trump.
Remembering Christian Jacob's Marine father who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice. This is Memorial Day
met this little Marine one year ago today.
He honored him&his Marine father(one of the fallen)today in his speech at #TombOfUnknownSoldier#RememberTheFallen #SemperFi pic.twitter.com/8iaGyCWNbQ
— ☆♡☆LisaM (@LisaKenolady) May 28, 2018
Back in 2015, a photograph of Christian, who was 5 at the time, made its way around the internet, showing Americans just how devastating it is to lose a loved one. It was reported by NPR that Christian’s father, Christopher, had been killed in 2011 while partaking in a training exercise in California.
Christopher Jacobs’ gravestone says that he was both a veteran of the Iraq and the Afghanistan wars.
Five-year-old Christian Jacobs pauses at his father’s gravestone at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. pic.twitter.com/CyEtbehxkM
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 30, 2016
President Donald Trump also drew the crowd’s attention to former Kansas Senator and World War II veteran Bob Dole, who was also in the audience at the Arlington ceremony.
The 94-year-old was badly injured partaking in operations in Italy back in 1945.
After he retired from the Senate in 1996, the former senator spent time serving as chairman for the National World War II Memorial, which is located on the Washington Mall.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) May 28, 2018
In Washington D.C. this past Sunday evening, the annual National Memorial Day Concert took place. During the event, Hiroshi Miramara received the Medal of Honor. He and his war buddy, Joe Annello, who received a Silver Star, were honored for the sacrifices they made while fighting in the Korean War.
Western Journal reports:
Their story was portrayed by actors John Corbett and Brian Tee. (See video at top of the page.) Watch the entire concert, which aired on PBS, here.
Miramara and Annello faced down an onslaught of Chinese soldiers and after fighting bravely against overwhelming numbers, became prisoners of war.
Each thought the other had died, but they joyously reunited after the war.
Now Miramara and Annello do presentations in schools, so the students can learn about the Korean War and what it means to be good citizens.
These are the kind of people who make us proud to be American.