Donald Trump honored a slain Navy SEAL during his speech to Congress on Tuesday, February 28, and brought the widow to tears.
Carryn Owens, the wife of William (Ryan), received an extended standing ovation in an emotional moment that drew the biggest applause of the night.
“Our veterans have delivered for this nation — and now we must deliver for them,” Trump said as he introduced Owens, whose husband was killed in Yemen in January.
“Ryan died as he lived: a warrior and a hero battling against terrorism and securing our nation.”
Dignitaries took to their feet and applauded for more than two minutes as Owens openly wept.
Trump declared that the father of three’s legacy will be “etched into eternity” and vowed to forever keep his memory alive.
As she looked up and took deep breaths while the clapping continued, Owens was comforted by Ivanka Trump.
The president lightened the mood by making reference to the lengthy ovation and said: “Ryan is looking down right now and he is very happy because I think he just broke a record.”
He added: “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 Ryan.”
Watch the emotional moment in the video above.
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