WATCH: President Trump salutes at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day
On this solemn day, President Trump leads America in honoring our country’s fallen heroes.
President Trump attended the 152nd National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery today. He joined a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
President Trump then delivered a Memorial Day address at Fort McHenry, which is the famous fort that inspired “The Star Spangled Banner.” Watch his speech online here.
5 powerful stories about the true meaning of Memorial Day — and what all Americans should remember today.
“Even though the cemeteries might be closed and the parades canceled, ways remain to remember those brave men and women. Perhaps with a thought, a prayer, a toast, and if you have children, perhaps a conversation with them about what Memorial Day really means to us as Americans.” (Daily Signal)
- “A Memorial Day Like No Other” (The Daily Signal)
- “Let’s remind ourselves who we memorialize, and why” (Washington Examiner)
- On Memorial Day, Remember Our Most Loyal — and Ill-Treated — Troops (National Review)
- “PFC Charles ‘Casey’ Kruta: How I Found My Family’s Memorial Day In Belgium, 75 Years Later” (Daily Caller)
- “Retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink: What every American should stop to think about on Memorial Day” (Fox News)
President Trump puts North Carolina governor on notice: confirm the convention … or it’ll leave the state!
“President Trump demanded on Monday that North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper (D) make a decision as soon as possible about his state’s lockdown orders for the coming months, threatening to pull the Republican National Convention — scheduled to take place in Charlotte the week of August 24 and expected to draw more than 50,000 participants — if he fails to provide Republicans a “guarantee” that they will be able to hold the convention as planned.” (Daily Wire)
The Republican National Convention is supposed to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina in August this year. (The Democrats’ convention, rescheduled from July due to COVID-19, is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.)
But it’s not clear if the Democratic governor of North Carolina will lift the virus lockdown in time for the full-scale GOP convention to continue as planned.
President Trump tweeted about the convention this morning, and said if the governor couldn’t “immediately” confirm his plans, the Republican National Convention will move to a new site.
The battle over vote by mail gets bigger. The national and state Republican Party have sued California for its plans.
“The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, alleges the directive deprives Californians of their constitutional right to vote by making fraudulent voting inevitable.’” (The Hill)
The crux of the lawsuit: the national and state Republican Party argue that California’s plan to send a mail-in ballot to every registered voter makes “fraudulent voting inevitable.”
Policy experts at the Heritage Foundation have previously said that “automatic mailing” of ballots “is an open invitation to fraud and abuse.” Voter rolls are notoriously inaccurate, so Heritage recommended that states give mail-in ballots to those who request them via a verifiable process instead. (Heritage)
As more states consider an increase of voting by mail due to COVID-19, this case will be one to watch … and whichever way the court rules, it will dramatically re-shape the 2020 election.