President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump planned to stay at the White House this weekend, and did not release a publicly available schedule. So it was a surprise when he showed up at Arlington National Cemetery for today’s Wreaths Across America event. In the rain. Holding his own umbrella.
Earlier in the day, he participated in the laying of the wreaths at Arlington, according to One America News Network.
Reporters and a plethora of Secret Service agents followed him around the cemetery as he learned about the wreaths being placed on the graves of military members.
— Fox News Network (@foxnewsnewyork) December 15, 2018
This year’s wreaths were made in Columbia Falls, Maine on December 8, according to Fox. The shipped 1.75 million wreaths to 1,640 locations. This is the first year the organization has received permission to place wreaths on the graves of WWII fallen at the American cemetery at Normandy.
“We know that for a Gold Star Family member, every day is Memorial Day for them and we understand that at the holidays, it’s an especially difficult time with an empty seat at the table all year round.” Bre Kingsbury, Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America’s website states:
“We understand we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms.
In many homes, there is an empty seat for one who is serving or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There is no better time to express our appreciation than during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. ..”
Featured photo screenshot via Fox.