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First lady Melania Trump delivered a Memorial Day message via social media on Monday reminding Americans “freedom isn’t free.”

“On #MemorialDay we honor the many Americans who laid down their lives for our great country. As one nation under God, we come together to remember that freedom isn’t free,” Trump tweeted.

“Thank you to all the service members & their families who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.”

The first lady is currently recovering from minor kidney surgery that she underwent May 14 and has been out of the public eye since.

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President Donald Trump paid his respects to the fallen on Monday by participating in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb on the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery before addressing thousands on hand at Memorial Amphitheater on the cemetery’s grounds.

During his remarks, the president singled out 7-year-old Christian Jacobs in the audience for special recognition

“I met Christian exactly one year ago today,” Trump recounted. “Last year, after the wreath-laying ceremony, Christian walked over to me with great confidence, shook my hand, looked me straight in the eye, and asked if I would like to meet his dad.”

“He loved his dad, Marine Sergeant Christopher Jacobs, who died when Christian was just eight months old,” said Trump.

A picture of then 5-year-old Christian by his father’s gravesite went viral in 2015, showing the poignancy of the loss some were experiencing.

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NPR reported that the boy’s father, Christopher, was killed during a training exercise in California in 2011.

According to his grave marker, the Marine was a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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Trump also recognized former Kansas senator and World War II veteran Bob Dole, who was in attendance at the Arlington ceremony.

Dole, 94, was severely wounded during operations in Italy in 1945.

After retiring from the Senate in 1996, Dole went on to serve as chairman for the National World War II Memorial located on the Washington Mall.

At the annual National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., on Sunday night, Medal of Honor recipient Hiroshi Miyamura and his war buddy, Silver Star recipient Joe Annello, were honored for their heroic deeds and the sacrifices they made during the Korean War.

Their story was portrayed by actors John Corbett and Brian Tee. (See video at top of the page.) Watch the entire concert, which aired on PBS, here.

Miyamura and Annello faced down an onslaught of Chinese soldiers and after fighting bravely against overwhelming numbers, became prisoners of war.

Each thought the other had died, but they joyously reunited after the war.

Now Miyamura and Annello do presentations in schools, so the students can learn about the Korean War and what it means to be good citizens.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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