And while most politicians and public figures used the day to encourage solemn reflection, Mr Trump chose to tweet: "those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today", before citing the growing U.S. economy and low unemployment. "We can not imagine the depth of emotion that this day brings each year: the grief renewed, the memories relived, those last handsome moments together cherished and always remembered".
Another tweeter called nycsouthpaw also shared the two messages, and wrote *looks out of the window for a long time*, apparently implying that he was wistful for the years that Obama was president.
President Trump on Monday called on all Americans to never forget the sacrifice of fallen USA service members, saying they were the best from every corner of the country and shared "a love more deep and more pure than most will ever know".
President Donald Trump is marking his second Memorial Day as commander in chief with a planned visit to Arlington National Cemetery and a salute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Before the late-morning activities at Arlington, Trump said in a tweet that "those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today".
"They died so that freedom can live", said Trump.
"Bob, thank you for honoring us with your presence and your lifetime of service to our nation", said Trump.
Describing how the fallen heroes came from every corner of the country and represented "every race, color and of every creed", Mr. Trump said they would forever be united by their patriotism.
Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke before Mr. Trump.
He also honored the families "they left behind and for whom every day is Memorial Day".