The First Lady of the United States Melania Trump has praised military personnel as “heroes” during her farewell speech.
Mrs Trump added they would “always be in my thoughts and prayers” during the message.
The First Lady was speaking to mark the conclusion of Donald Trump’s four-year presidency, and during a month which has seen the US Capitol stormed and the National Guard deployed, as well as American troop numbers in Iraq and Afghanistan reduced.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as First Lady of the United States,” Mrs Trump said.
Anonymous RAF Pilot walks out to a Typhoon FGR4 to prepare for take off with 4 F16s from Konya Air Base (Picture: MOD).
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“I have been inspired by incredible Americans across our country who lift up our communities through their kindness and courage, goodness and grace.
“I think of all the people I have taken home in my heart and their incredible stories of love, patriotism, and determination,” she added.
“I see the faces of brave young soldiers who have told me with pride in their eyes how much they love serving this country.”
She continued: “To every service member and to our incredible military families: You are heroes, and you will always be in my thoughts and prayers.”
The Trumps will officially leave the White House with President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration tomorrow.
Security has been ramped up for the event with 25,000 members of the US National Guard in Washington DC.