By Kaitlin Tannenbaum, The Washington Times The families of military veterans and other victims of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will receive a special thank you at a memorial service in New York City on Tuesday.
The service, held at the United Nations headquarters, is being held in honor of the fallen soldiers, veterans of the Afghanistan war and other people who have been affected by the conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.
In the weeks since President Trump fired Gen. John F. Kelly as the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, the president has sought to use the moment to show gratitude to those who lost their lives in the wars.
In a series of tweets last month, Trump said he was grateful for the men and women who had served and that they would be remembered for their service.
Trump has said the service would reflect on the “bitter and difficult” experiences the families of those killed and wounded in the war had.
The president, who has said he plans to speak about the service later Tuesday, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the anniversary.
Trump is scheduled to make his first visit to the United States on Tuesday to visit veterans of Iraq and Afghan wars, a visit that will be his first overseas trip since the start of the military campaign.
Kelly was the commander in Afghanistan when his troops were attacked and nearly lost their heads when a suicide bomber struck the U.N. headquarters in Kabul.
The bomb killed several U.K. soldiers.
In an emotional speech at the memorial service on Tuesday, Kelly thanked the soldiers who died in service to their country and their families for their sacrifice.
“I am thankful to the soldiers and to all who gave their lives, for their commitment, for the service they gave, the sacrifices they made and for their dedication to this country,” Kelly said.
“I’m also grateful to our nation for the sacrifices you made, and the sacrifices we made.
I know it’s hard to believe, but for many of you, our sacrifices were not enough.
I love you.”
Kelly, who was not at the ceremony, said the United Kingdom has offered its full support to the families.
“The sacrifice of those soldiers and their spouses is a tribute to the commitment and sacrifices of the British, Americans, Australians and other nations who served under your leadership and who we are proud to call our friends,” Kelly told the troops at the service.
Kelly’s son, a decorated U.A.E. officer, died in Afghanistan in 2011.
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