John Kelly quietly visits son’s grave on Memorial Day, sobering reminder of the sacrifices made

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and his wife Karen were among the many families and friends who made the journey from around the country on Memorial Day to pay respects and be close to their loved ones who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country and our freedom.

The two were spotted at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday where their son Robert Michael Kelly is buried.

 

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly arrives at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day(Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

 

Kelly is a retired U.S. Marine Corps General. His son was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2010, he was 29.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and his wife Karen pay their respects to their son, Marine Lt. Robert Kelly, at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, May 27, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. Mourners from throughout the United States travel to Arlington to visit their loved ones on Memorial Day. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

 

The grave of Marine Lt. Robert Kelly, son of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly(Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen comforted Karen Kelly while they visited Robert’s grave.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, (R) embraces Karen Kelly, wife of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The following photos pull at the heartstrings of every patriotic American.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly pays his respects to his son (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Karen Kelly, wife of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, kisses the headstone of her son (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

The Kellys took the time to speak to others who were visiting Arlington.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks with visitors at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
(Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, Karen Kelly, wife of White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, and Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen walk amongst headstones (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Photos of children who’ve lost a parent to war are especially heartbreaking, but serve as a sobering reminder of why we celebrate Memorial Day:

Christian Jacobs places a flower near the headstone of his father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
(Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Christian Jacobs, 7, sits against the headstone of his father, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher James Jacobs as he visits National Cemetery, Christopher died during a training exercise in 2011.(Photo by Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Spouses and friends were also in attendance to pay their respects:

Brittany Jacobs places a flower at the headstone of her husband Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Heidi Heming pays her respects to a comrade lost in Afghanistan (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
Marine veteran Richard Laureano pays his respects at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
A visitor walks amongst headstones(Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Members of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, or The Old Guard placed American flags in preparation for Memorial Day at the gravesites of service members buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

This tradition, known as “flags in” has been held for more than 60 years.

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Within a few hours flags are placed at nearly 228,000 headstones and all flags are removed after Memorial Day, prior to the cemetery opening.

Headstones are adorned with flags at Arlington National Cemetery (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

 

US flags are placed at graves by members of the Old Guard are seen at Arlington National Cemetery on May 24, 2018 ahead of Memorial Day in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s a site to behold for patriots who must never be forgotten.

 

 

 

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