This Friday, President Donald and First Lady Melania Trump landed in Hawaii and officially started the 12-day presidential trip to Asia, and used the opportunity of their visit to lay a wreath and throw hibiscus flowers into the sea at a memorial for U.S. soldiers who died at Pearl Harbor nearly 80 years ago.
The visit was of significant importance for the commander-in-chief as he previously revealed that he had eagerly anticipated a visit to Pearl Harbor, where thousands of service members lost their lives on the battle ship during the Japanese surprise attack on December 7th, 1941.
The area is only accessible with a boat, as the memorial straddles the battleship’s sunken hull. In the attack, more than 2300 sailors, Marines and soldiers lost their lives, and even 68 civilians were killed as well.
Knowing the sacrifice that these heroes made, President Trump saluted after entering the memorial following a short boat ride with the first lady.
The presidential couple approached a wreath of white flowers, which was a gift from them, and paid attention closely as two sailors placed it near a wall of names of all the people who died after the surprise Japanese attack which brought the US into World War II.
This was the first stop of the 12-day presidential visit, which was extended by one day so the president can attend the summit of the Asian leaders and discuss options and alternative solutions for North Korea’s nuclear program. It also happens to be the longest visit that a POTUS has taken around Asia since former President George Bush in late 1991.