Not a Dry Eye: Trump Pays Tribute to SEAL Ryan Owens, Honors Widow Carryn [VIDEO]

by Kim Quade on February 28, 2017

In his address to a Joint Session of Congress, President Trump spoke on many topics — the problems wrought by illegal immigration, the need to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and working towards a free and fair international market, among others.

But nothing, nothing, struck the hearts of those attending and those watching at home than his tribute to Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, who was killed in a January raid in Yemen.

The President said:

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.

Owens’s widow Carryn was deeply moved to hear those words. The audience, too, was affected, giving her a sustained standing ovation, honoring the young widow and mother of three children.

Mrs. Owens looked heavenward, tears streaming down her face. I doubt there were many dry eyes in the audience. I know mine weren’t.

Tributes poured in from social media.

From radio host Laura Ingraham:

TV and radio host Rita Cosby:

Advisor to President Trump and terrorism warfare expert Dr. Sebastian Gorka:

And Brigitte Gabriel, founder of ACTforAmerica:

Brigitte Gabriel was right: we can never repay Ryan Owens and those who lost their lives while in uniform. Let us never forget what they did for the nation, and always hold in esteem the loved ones they left behind.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

parker February 28, 2017 at 8:42 pm

There are no words that can assuage their sorrow.


Rusty Shackleford March 1, 2017 at 4:58 am

I guess this ruins Ryan Owen’s father’s bid to become Cindy Sheehan 2.0.


VALman March 1, 2017 at 6:18 am

I maintain that President Trump has a “big heart,” more than many people realize.


cali March 1, 2017 at 6:29 am

My heart breaks about this young widow and mother having lost part of her support system and husband/father. Even more so after the actual reason for the death of this patriot due to an awaiting ambush by AQ laying in wait via their tip off by three treacherous spies.
It angered me that the democratic side could not muster enough integrity, empathy and compassion to rise in the presence of this woman that became a widow in late January. Their actions spoke loud and clear within every citizens having watched their despicable behavior unable to put aside their hatred of DT for just one moment to pay respect for the sadness felt by a wife having lost a husband. Utterly reprehensible!


VALman March 1, 2017 at 3:35 pm

They have no decency. Yet, without hesitation they will address one another as the Honorable . . . This was not about just one fallen soldier and the family and relatives behind. This about all those who have given their all for what we hold dear. These who couldn’t bring themselves to suspend for a few moments their ill-will toward Trump might have just as well have spit on our soldiers’ graves.


Van Knutson March 1, 2017 at 11:51 am

Navy SEALS: we give them the most brutal training and send them to the toughest places. All volunteers. All better men than I.


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