Watch: Trump, Melania Make Surprise Visit to Arlington Ahead of Memorial Day

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May 23, 2019May 23, 2019

With all the hubbub surrounding traveling on Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, it’s easy to forget the true meaning behind the national holiday.

President Trump and First Lady Melania didn’t, though, and they reminded America that we have a special day set aside to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the unique freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

According to The Hill, they made a surprise visit to Arlington National Cemetery in D.C. on Thursday afternoon. Trump and Melania visited the graves of some of the last World War I veterans to die and planted U.S. flags.

The Trumps participated in a larger event that involves the placing of over 260,000 flags at headstones ahead of Memorial Day, according to CBS News. The news media was not notified ahead of time of the Trumps’ unexpected visit and barely got there in time.

Last year, the president made an unexpected visit to the cemetery to honor the fallen on Christmas Eve. Christmas wreaths were laid at the headstones then by Wreaths Across America volunteers.

Trump and Melania head to Japan next to meet with the country’s leaders, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He will be there for four days, The Japan Times reported.

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