President Trump Speech, Memorial Day Ceremony, Fort McHenry – Video and Transcript…

Following the solemn ceremony at Arlington the President and First Lady traveled to Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Maryland where President Trump delivered remarks honoring Memorial Day 2020.  [Video and Transcript Below]


[Transcript] – THE PRESIDENT: I stand before you at this noble fortress of American liberty to pay tribute to the immortal souls who fought and died to keep us free. Earlier today, the First Lady and I laid a wreath in their sacred honor at Arlington National Cemetery. Now we come together to salute the flag they gave their lives to so boldly and brilliantly defend. And we pledge, in their cherished memories, that this majestic flag will proudly fly forever.

We’re joined for today’s ceremony by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper; Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt; the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley; Congressman Andy Harris; and a number of service members and veterans of the Armed Forces. The dignity, daring, and devotion of the American military is unrivaled anywhere in history and any place in the world.

In recent months, our nation and the world have been engaged in a new form of battle against an invisible enemy. Once more, the men and women of the United States military have answered the call to duty and raced into danger. Tens of thousands of service members and National Guardsmen are on the frontlines of our war against this terrible virus — caring for patients, delivering critical supplies, and working night and day to safeguard our citizens.

As one nation, we mourn alongside every single family that has lost loved ones, including the families of our great veterans. Together, we will vanquish the virus, and America will rise from this crisis to new and even greater heights.

As our brave warriors have shown us from our nation’s earliest days: In America, we are the captains of our own fate. No obstacle, no challenge, and no threat is a match for the sheer determination of the American people. This towering spirit permeates every inch of the hallowed soil beneath our feet. In this place, more than 200 years ago, American patriots stood their ground and repelled a British invasion in the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812.

Early on a September morning in 1814, the British fleet launched an assault on this peninsula. From the harbor, some 30 British warships attacked this stronghold. Rockets rained down. Bombs burst in the air. In the deck of one ship, a gallant young American was held captive. His name was Francis Scott Key.

For 25 hours, Key watched in dismay as fire crashed down upon this ground. But through torrents of rain and smoke and the din of battle, Key could make out 15 broad stripes and 15 bright stars — barraged and battered, but still there. American forces did not waver. They did not retreat. They stared down the invasion and the held that they had to endure. The fact is, they held like nobody could have held before. They held this fort.

The British retreated. Independence was saved. Francis Scott Key was so inspired by the sight of our flag in the battle waged that the very grounds that he fought on became hallowed and he wrote a poem. His ageless words became the anthem of our nation: “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Every time we sing our anthem, every time its rousing chorus swells our hearts with pride, we renew the eternal bonds of loyalty to our fallen heroes. We think of the soldiers who spent their final heroic moments on distant battlefields to keep us safe at home. We remember the young Americans who never got the chance to grow old but whose legacy will outlive us all.

In every generation, these intrepid souls kissed goodbye to their families and loved ones. They took flight in planes, set sail in ships, and marched into battle with our flag, fighting for our country, defending our people.

When the cause of liberty was in jeopardy, American warriors carried that flag through ice and snow to victory at Trenton. They hoisted it up the masts of great battleships in Manila Bay. They fought through hell to raise it high atop a remote island in the Pacific Ocean called Iwo Jima. From the Philippine Sea to Fallujah, from New Orleans to Normandy, from Saratoga to Saipan, from the Battle of Baltimore to the Battle of the Bulge, Americans gave their lives to carry that flag through piercing waves, blazing fires, sweltering deserts, and storms of bullets and shrapnel. They climbed atop enemy tanks, jumped out of burning airplanes, and leapt on live grenades. Their love was boundless. Their devotion was without limit. Their courage was beyond measure.

Army Green Beret Captain Daniel Eggers grew up in Cape Coral, Florida, determined to continue his family’s tradition of military service — and it was a great tradition. He attended the legendary Citadel Military College in South Carolina. Soon, he met a beautiful cadet, Rebecca. They fell in love, married, and had two sons.

In 2004, Daniel left for his second deployment in Afghanistan. On the morning of May 29th, Daniel and his team were courageously pursuing a group of deadly terrorists when he was killed by an improvised explosive device.

This week is the 16th anniversary of the day that Daniel made the supreme sacrifice for our nation. He laid down his life to defeat evil and to save his fellow citizens.

At the time of his death, Daniel’s sons Billy and John were three and five years old. Today, they have followed in Daniel’s footsteps — both students at the Citadel planning to serve in the military. Their amazing mom Rebecca has now served more than 23 years in the U.S. Army. Everywhere she goes, she wears Daniel’s Gold Star pin on the lapel of her uniform.

Colonel Rebecca Eggers and her two sons are here today, along with Daniel’s father Bill and mother Margo. To the entire Eggers family: Your sacrifice is beyond our ability to comprehend or repay.

Today, we honor Daniel’s incredible life and exceptional valor, and we promise you that we will cherish his blessed memory forever.

Thank you very much for being here. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Please. Thank you. Thank you. Great family. Thank you very much.

To every Gold Star family here today and all across our land: Our debt to you is infinite and everlasting. We stand with you today and all days to come, remembering and grieving for America’s greatest heroes. In spirit and strength, in loyalty and love, in character and courage, they were larger than life itself. They were angels sent from above, and they are now rejoined with God in the glorious Kingdom of Heaven.

Wherever the Stars and Stripes fly — at our schools, our churches, town halls, firehouses, and national monuments — it is made possible because there are extraordinary Americans who are willing to brave death so that we can live in freedom and live in peace.

In the two centuries since Francis Scott Key wrote about the stirring sight of our flag in battle, countless other American patriots have given their own testimony about the meaning of the flag. One was World War Two veteran Jim Krebs from Sunbury, Ohio.

Jim and his twin brother Jack fought side by side in General Patton’s Third Army. At the Battle of the Bulge, the twins volunteered for a dangerous mission. Together, they took out four enemy tanks, two machine gun nests, and a mothar [sic] position that was very powerful, loaded up with mortars. Jim’s brother Jack was mortally wounded. Jim held his dying brother in his arms, praying together as his twin passed away.

Jim fought to victory and came home to build a great American life. He married, had children, became an electrical engineer, and taught young people about war. As an old man, Jim was asked what about the American flag and what it meant to him. Jim said, “The flag to me is as precious as the freedom that the flag stands for. It’s as precious to me as the thousands of lives that have been lost defending her. It’s that important to me; it gave me a value of life that I could have never gotten any other way. It gave me a value of my Lord, my family, my friends, loved ones, and especially my country. What more could I ask?”

Last month, Jim died peacefully at his home at the age of 94. This afternoon, we are greatly honored to be joined by his grandsons, Andy and Ron. Please, thank you very much. Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you very much for being here.

Today, as we remember the sacrifice of Jim’s brother Jack, we honor Jim’s service, and we are moved by his beautiful words. Andy and Ron, thank you for being here to remember your grandfather and his brother, and what they did for us all, and most importantly, what they stood for.

From generation to generation, heroes like these have poured out their blood and sweat and heart and tears for our country. Because of them, America is strong and safe and mighty and free. Because of them, two centuries on, the Star Spangled Banner still proudly waves.

For as long as our flag flies in the sky above, the names of these fallen warriors will be woven into its threads. For as long as we have citizens willing to follow their example, to carry on their burden, to continue their legacy, then America’s cause will never fail and American freedom will never, ever die.

Today, we honor the heroes we have lost. We pray for the loved ones they left behind. And with God as our witness, we solemnly vow to protect, preserve, and cherish this land they gave their last breath to defend and to defend so proudly.

Thank you. God bless our military. God bless the memory of the fallen. God bless our Gold Star families. And God bless America. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

END 12:16 P.M. EDT

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34 Responses to President Trump Speech, Memorial Day Ceremony, Fort McHenry – Video and Transcript…

  1. MfM says:

    Trump and Melania are dressed in red, white and blue.

    Well done, and subtle. Not in your face.

    Liked by 16 people

  2. prtomr says:

    I am so grateful for a Commander-In-Chief that understands and appreciates our military and their families.

    Liked by 13 people

  3. Kaco says:

    Wow, my husband was in the car listening to this while I was in the store getting flowers for the everyone at the cemetery today. When I got back, he told me I had to hear Pres. Trump’s speech at Fort McHenry.

    When we got back he found and played it for me. I was taken aback when I heard Jim Krebs and his twin brother from Sunbury, Ohio. My husband had heard it in the car. That’s my hometown and where I am right now at my deceased parents’ house.

    I didn’t know Jim Krebs and his family, although this is a small town. But I might have seen him at the Meijer in Westerville where it is said under his obituary I found, that he worked as a greeter in later years after retirement. I bet my father knew of him, especially when we lived actually in town when I was small, my father was always involved with the community and later with the township community outside of Sunbury.

    I thank him and his family for his service and sacrifice, and in looking at the comments under his obituary, I am sure he made Sunbury a better place.

    Liked by 13 people

  4. Harvey Lipschitz says:

    What a sacrifice for our Country.
    I should stop complaining about Texas Roadhouse dining room closed 45 days.

    My Pastor says had they not sacrificed, we would all be speaking German.

    (we spoke German at home)

    Liked by 3 people

    • NC Patriot says:

      Yes- and if the flag had fallen at Ft.McHenry in 1814 we would be British citizens !

      Liked by 3 people

    • steph_gray says:

      100% agree with what you say about the sacrifice of our military veterans.

      But I would also suggest that we are in a cold war now, and all of us are participants. You – and we all – are not complaining about Texas Roadhouse and other places because of inconvenience.

      We’re complaining – and the proper word is protesting – because the reason it’s happening is unacceptable to our Constitutional Republic.

      I am not suggesting that protesting restaurant closures is as dangerous as the battles these great people gave their lives in – far from it!

      But – I have a picture on my device right now that says “You are being conditioned to view your freedom as selfish.”

      Fighting against this attempt at socialist mind control is another front in another entirely different kind of war.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. fractionalexponent says:

    Watched the whole thing. What a beautiful and uplifting ceremony.

    Wish the Fox folks could just keep quiet afterwards.

    Liked by 6 people

  6. peace says:

    Beautivul – Best President ever.

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Caius Lowell says:

    Didn’t the DNC issue an edict prohibiting DJT from visiting Maryland?

    Liked by 2 people

    • thedoc00 says:

      Yep and the mayor of Baltimore, location of Ft McHenry also dis-invited him. The democrats have gone all this Memorial Day to to show their true allegiance. There were numerous War memorials also vandalized across the US, plus the NYT Times article over the weekend..

      Liked by 9 people

      • “ The democrats have gone all this Memorial Day to show their true allegiance.” To think that in those graves are young men that died while fighting to gain a beach or a hill years ago. Fighting so, for today’s generation could enjoy the free use of America’s beaches and hills. Beaches and parks they dreamed about but never returned to enjoy. Yet, they would wonder at so many young men today hiding under their beds, sucking their thumbs, wearing a mask, afraid to go outdoors. All because someone on TV told them to obey new orders.

        Liked by 4 people

      • TwoLaine says:

        Crazy. Like they have any say. 🙂 🙂 🙂

        Everyone knows Presidents TRUMP Mayors and DIMs ever day of the week and 12 x on Sunday.

        The Fake Failing NYT? What did they say that we haven’t already heard?


      • GB Bari says:

        President Trump made exactly the right decision to ignore the DemonRATs and the corrupt Mayor Young.

        Liked by 4 people

      • GenEarly says:

        Yep and the Governor of MD was Absent also! a Quisling Rinoe Putz called Hogan, who actually has the approval of democRats . Disgusting Offal.


    • TwoLaine says:



  8. Patience says:

    ……. and President Trump meant every word.

    Liked by 5 people

  9. scrap1ron says:

    New York State Democrats denied college tuition funding for Gold Star family members while giving 27 million in tuition for illegal aliens.

    Democrat politicians are unworthy to lick the (blank) off our soldiers combat boots.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Marcia says:

    Retired Magistrate here: If you love this country and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the liberty and freedom which we enjoy, there really is no other choice come November: Donald J. Trump, 46th President of the United States.

    Liked by 8 people

  11. TheLastDemocrat says:

    I jumped off the Crazy Train in 2000; I thought Gore nomination was a dumb move, and so I voted for Nader.

    …By time Oprabama got elected, I really knew what had happened to (D).

    With Oprabama, any time he had the opportunity, he would do some sort of back-handed compliment or some passive-aggressive action regarding the flag and the military and American greatness. Failing to salute. Having a Marine hold the umbrella. “All this for a damn flag.” And so on.

    It is so nice to have a president that actually loves this country.

    Liked by 5 people

  12. merry says:

    Remembering Jacob Beare 11th Pennsylvania volunteers company G. Buried Alexandria National Cemetery Section A grave #1916. Died of gunshot wound to neck May 22, 1864. Widow received his pocket book, boots, socks, drawers, pants and a packet of her letters to him.
    If anyone is in Alexandria Nat’l Cem. give Jake a wave. My Great Grandad, Jake.

    Liked by 5 people

  13. Ono says:

    I loved this speach and was glad to see the Stars and Stripes without the yellow trim.

    The simplicity of our flag and the meaning behind the stars (states) and stripes (origional 13 colonies) is all it should ever be.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. I. M. says:

    Magnificent speech. Evokes memories of Ronald Reagan in its imagery, its flow, its pride in America.


  15. merry says:

    Also remembering (although they did not die in battle) Sam Phipps Private, Jacob Reiger surgeon, and John Canan 2nd Lt of 2nd Pennsylvania rifles a line regiment known as Henry’s rifles. Johan and Caspar Hildebrand of the York Militia. Frontier Rangers Ben Williams and Joe Studebaker. Also father-in-law (Maria Parr Reiger) of Jake Reiger, William Parr who had been sheriff of Philadelphia and escaped with all his records to Lancaster when the Brits took Philly. My great (7greats) grandads. Bless their souls. I thank them for America.
    “Injun” Joe Studebaker had been captured by the Delaware (horrible story) u don’t want to know

    Liked by 1 person

  16. I needed a history lesson.
    I thought our flag always had 13 stripes.

    Liked by 2 people

    • pocketnuke61 says:


      I am watching to see if the Leftist media are going to try have a field day because the president is so ignorant.

      “Everyone knows there are only 13 stripes in the US flag!”
      “Another example of our clueless president! How can this man be Commander-in-Chief?”

      Or maybe our uneducated Elitists do a simple Google search to discover that, yes, the flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814, did indeed have 15 stars and 15 stripes. The extra two Stars and Stripes represented Vermont (1791) and Kentucky (1792).

      Read more at:

      Liked by 1 person

  17. JimWVa says:

    Best speech of all this Memorial Day. Thank you President Trump.

    Liked by 2 people

  18. Gracie Garcia says:

    Everyday I appreciate more that we have a POTUS who loves his country.
    Spectacular contrast to the four globalists that preceded him.

    Liked by 1 person

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