WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump silently honored the nation’s war dead Monday in a wreath ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, first in a pair of public events also taking him to Baltimore, to the chagrin of the mayor.
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Presidents on Memorial Day typically honor fallen military members by laying a wreath and delivering a speech at the hallowed burial ground in Virginia. But because of the pandemic, which is expected to claim its 100,000th American this week, the ceremony looked different this year.
Attendees at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier arrived wearing masks and removed them for the ceremony in the well-spaced crowd. Trump, maskless as always in public, gave no remarks this time. He approached a wreath already in place, touching it.