Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly reflected on the loss of his son and the meaning of Memorial Day during an interview Friday on Fox News' "Fox and Friends.”
Kelly’s son — Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly — was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010.
"We don’t need Memorial Day if you're a Gold Star family member, you think about him or her every single day,” Kelly said. “In fact, hundreds of times a day. But what Memorial Day, in my mind, is good for is for Americans to remember the many men and women over our history. The many men and women who've given their life for this country in combat.
“So on Memorial Day, even if you’re at the beach or taking advantage of some mattress sale somewhere, think about that, think about that.
Asked about his son, Kelly called him “the finest man I ever knew."
According to the Military Times, Robert Kelly was a 2003 graduate of Florida State University. He and his wife, Heather Landry, married in 2007. He died on Nov. 9, 2010, in the blast from an improvised explosive device. He was 29 years old.
“Wonderful guy,” an emotional Kelly said. “Wonderful husband. Wonderful son. Wonderful brother. Brave beyond all get out. His men still correspond with us. They still mourn him as we do."
(H/T Washington Free Beacon)