As the President laid a wreath upon the tombs of the Arlington National Cemetery, he wished all the souls who rested within the hallowed fields and the battlefields peace, and prayed that they were all united now by their love towards the United States of America.
The group was also furious at the Republican Party's effort to essentially fundraise off Memorial Day by offering a 25 percent discount on official Trump campaign merchandise ― "Use Code: Remember".
President Donald Trump points to the audience as he arrives for a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
Those who gave their lives in service to the nation represent the full tapestry of American life, he said. He told the families we "cannot imagine the depth of emotion this day brings each year". "As long as we are blessed with patriots such as these, we will remain one people, one family and one nation under God". America pauses on this solemn day to remember their sacrifices, he said.
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A retired Army General Martin Dempsey also tweeted, "This day, of all days of the year, should not be about any one of us". "They come from every generation, from towering cities and wind-swept prairies, from privilege and from poverty".
VoteVets was responding to Trump's morning tweet, in which he said fallen service members "would be very happy" with how the country is doing today.
"Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud of how well our country is doing today".
Trump's message was also compared unfavorably to his predecessor Barack Obama's statesmanlike tweet, which read: 'We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes.
Photographs of Trump's visit to Arlington showed Kelly and Trump visiting the gravesite of Kelly's son Robert Michael Kelly, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 when he was 29. He is buried at Arlington.