A 6-year-old Gold Star kid, adorably sporting a child-sized Marine Corps dress uniform and his father’s cover, was honored June 8 at the White House by President Donald Trump.
Christian Jacobs, who has been photographed over the years with his mom Brittany Jacobs visiting his father’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 60, met Trump during the president’s Memorial Day visit to the cemetery last month.
Christian’s dad, Marine Sgt Christopher Jacobs was killed at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California on October 24, 2011 during a training exercise. Christian was only eight months old.
“He looked me square in the eyes and gave me a firm handshake,” the president said today regarding their May meeting. “That 6-year-old stood strong and tall and proud in front of the commander in chief just as his dad would have wanted him to be. It’s extraordinary.”
This year wasn’t the first time Christian had visited the cemetery on Memorial Day.
Heart wrenching photos of Christian and his mother visiting his father’s grave at Arlington have been snapped by Defense Department photographers for at least the last three years.
It was unclear whether or not the pair had spent time with former President Barrack Obama during his Arlington Memorial Day visits.
“Christian, your father is an American hero,” Trump said at the White House today.
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