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Was Melania Trump At Arlington On Memorial Day?

| by Sarah Zimmerman

On May 29, President Donald Trump delivered a speech at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen U.S. service members. However, many noticed that one thing was missing from the event: First Lady Melania Trump.

It's unclear whether Melania actually attended the Arlington address. According to The Inquisitr, Getty Images nor The Associated Press show any recent photos of Melania at the cemetery, possibly indicating that she wasn't there at all.

The most recent AP photo of the first lady was taken on May 27 and shows Melania returning home in the early hours of the morning from a nine-day trip abroad with the president. 

Just before returning home, Melania delivered a rare speech at the U.S. Naval Air Base in Sigonella, Italy, according to the White House website. She detailed her visits to children's hospitals in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Rome, and thanked the troops for their service.

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"I also want to take a moment to thank you all for the sacrifices you make on behalf of our country," she said in her speech, just two days before Memorial Day. "It is because of your selfless commitment that we enjoy the freedoms we have today. And to the families who endure time apart, or constant moves to the base, your sacrifices do not go unnoticed or unappreciated."

Many Twitter users seemed surprised at Melania's possible absence from the Arlington address, which is traditionally attended by both the president and the first lady. 

"Can someone tell me where Melania was today? I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure all FLOTUSes show up on Memorial Day," one user wrote.

"Where's Melania? Michelle Obama always accompanied her husband to this event at Arlington National Cemetery," another said.

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Mr. Trump appeared to handle the ceremony and speech by himself, accompanied by members of the military and his administration, according to CNN. After laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he honored the memory of fallen soldiers and gave respect to their families.

"We only hope that every day we can prove worthy, not only of their sacrifice and service, but of the sacrifice made by the families and loved ones they left behind," he said.

The president then called on the general public, telling them to thank families who lost loved ones in combat.

"Every time you see the sun rise over this blessed land, please know your brave sons and daughters pushed away the knife and delivered for us all that great and glorious dawn," he said.

His Memorial Day speech marks his first public address since his return from his nine-day trip abroad.

Sources: The Inquistr, The White House, CNN, Twitter (2) / Photo credit: Elizabeth Fraser via Arlington National Cemetery/Flickr

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