During a Memorial Day unlike any others before it due to the coronavirus pandemic, smaller-than-usual ceremonies were held across the country.
Pres. Trump made two stops on Monday.
First, he paid his respects at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.
Then, the president, along with Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, paid a visit to Fort McHenry in Baltimore, to remember the soldiers who have fallen in service to our country.
The commander-in-chief also thanked the U.S. military as it fights against COVID-19. During his speech, Pres. Trump honored service members for their performance during the pandemic and specifically cited military members who are taking care of patients and getting supplies delivered.
Fort McHenry is best known for its role in the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key witnessed American soldiers who were stationed at the Fort repel a British attack on the Baltimore Harbor in 1814 and wrote the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry," which provided the lyrics for "The Star-Spangled Banner."
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