President Trump’s joint address to Congress on Tuesday was full of substance, discussing everything from job creation and immigration to taxes and education. However, the highlight of the speech may have been when Trump honored the widow of William “Ryan” Owens.
“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William ‘Ryan’ Owens,” Trump said. “Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation.”
Navy SEAL Ryan Owens was killed in the line of duty during a military intelligence operation in Yemen. Carryn Owens cried as the audience stood for several minutes, applauding her late husband’s heroics and sacrifice.
“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,’” Trump continued.
“For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,” Trump said. “Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country and for our freedom — we will never forget him.”