In his first Memorial Day remarks as commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump paid tribute to fallen U.S. service members and their families.

During his speech at Arlington National Cemetery, Trump saluted Brittany Jacobs and her seven-year-old son, Christian, who was dressed like a Marine. Jacobs’ father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, died during a training accident in California in 2011.

“Last year at Arlington Cemetery, I met a young boy named Christian Jacobs. He was special,” Trump said. “He was standing fully in a uniform. His father was a great man to him and he was a great man to me. And Christian was standing over his father’s grave, saluting. It was something I’ll never forget.”

“It was a moment I will always remember. Christian, I want you to know that even though your father has left this world, he’s left it for the next. He’s not gone, he’ll never be gone. Your dad’s love, courage, and strength live in you, Christian, and as you grow bigger and stronger, just like him, so, too, does your father’s incredible legacy. So thank you both. That’s so beautiful. Thank you.”


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After his address, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walked among the headstones and greeted families who had lost loved ones, including Brittany and Christian.

On "Fox & Friends," Brittany said it was a very special moment, and it's something Christian will be able to reflect upon when he gets older.

"He's very proud of his dad and he gets really excited to go to Arlington," she said.


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