Kelly Pays Tribute to Young Military Members: They Serve Because ‘They Love This Country’

• October 19, 2017 4:13 pm


White House Chief of Staff John Kelly closed out a rare press briefing appearance on Thursday with a moving tribute to U.S. military members who volunteer to serve their country.

At the end of the press conference, Kelly waved away questions to share a few parting remarks.

"Thank you very much. As I walk off the stage, understand there's tens of thousands of American kids mostly are doing the nations bidding all around the world," Kelly said.

Kelly explained to the press corps that service members enlist out of love for the country.

"You know, when I was a kid, every man in my life was a veteran. World War II, Korea, and there was a draft. These young people today, they don't do it for any other reason than their selfless sense of selfless devotion to this great nation," Kelly said.

He continued to describe the rewarding nature of serving in the armed services.

"We don't look down upon those of you that haven't served. In fact, in a way, we're a little bit sorry. Because you will never experience the wonderful joy you get in your heart when you do the kind of things our servicemen and women do," Kelly said.

"Not for any other reason than they love this country. Just think of that. And I do appreciate your time," Kelly finished with journalists shouting questions.