As Donald Trump spoke to congress Tuesday night, an emotional moment to center-stage. As The President moved through his list of invited guests, one woman received more applause than anyone else, and she may have received the longest standing ovation in the history of these speeches.
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Carryn Owens, the widow of U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens stood with tears streaming down her cheeks as President Trump talked of the accomplishments of her husband.
“The challenges we face as a Nation are great. But our people are even greater.”
“And none are greater or braver than those who fight for America in uniform.”
“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our Nation.”
“I just spoke to General Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote, “Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.” Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country, and for our freedom –- we will never forget him.”
“To those allies who wonder what kind of friend America will be, look no further than the heroes who wear our uniform.”
After the applause, the President broke from his script and told Carryn Owens he thought that Ryan was looking down from above, happy, and that he’d just broken a record.
After discussing more about the role of NATO, the President returned to the idea of Ryan Owen’s sacrifice:
“Free nations are the best vehicle for expressing the will of the people –- and America respects the right of all nations to chart their own path. My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America. But we know that America is better off, when there is less conflict — not more.”
“We must learn from the mistakes of the past –- we have seen the war and destruction that have raged across our world.”
“The only long-term solution for these humanitarian disasters is to create the conditions where displaced persons can safely return home and begin the long process of rebuilding.”
“America is willing to find new friends, and to forge new partnerships, where shared interests align. We want harmony and stability, not war and conflict.”
“We want peace, wherever peace can be found. America is friends today with former enemies. Some of our closest allies, decades ago, fought on the opposite side of these World Wars. This history should give us all faith in the possibilities for a better world.”
“Hopefully, the 250th year for America will see a world that is more peaceful, more just and more free.”