Vice President Mike Pence honors fallen in Memorial Day ceremony
Mourners visit a gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in Arlington, Va., on Monday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
Brittany Jacobs and her son, Christian, visit the gravesite of Christopher Jacobs at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
A man and child visit a grave at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
A grave is decorated at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI |
93-year-old Edward Coyne, an original crew member of the USS Intrepid salutes during the playing of the national anthem. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
U.S. service members attend the Memorial Day ceremonies at the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum. Photo by Peter Foley/UPI |
He laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, saying that for families of the fallen, “every day is Memorial Day.”
Pence offered gratitude from President Donald Trump, who was on a diplomatic trip to Japan.
“To all of you here, and those looking on from afar, especially to the families of our fallen, we extend our deepest sympathies,” Pence said. “And we also bring the deepest respect and gratitude of the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.”
The president and first lady Melania Trump planned to visit U.S. troops at JS Kaga and the USS Wasp in Japan on Tuesday morning.
They were scheduled to speak aboard the USS Wasp at 10 p.m. EDT Monday.