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Service members wear ‘Make Aircrew Great Again’ patches at Trump rally

Frank Carnevale
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A service member wears a patch that says “Make Aircrew Great Again” as they listen to President Donald Trump speak to troops at a Memorial Day event aboard the USS Wasp, Tuesday, May 28, 2019, in Yokosuka, Japan. The patch includes a likeness of Trump.

President Donald Trump visited service members abroad the USS Wasp docked in Japan on Tuesday at the end of his 4-day trip to the country.

He wished “Happy Memorial Day” to 1,000 sailors and Marines and service members from other branches at the address.

“I have to wish you all a very happy Memorial Day,” Trump said. “On this Memorial Day evening in the United States, Americans are concluding a sacred day of remembrance, reflection and prayer.”

The service members aboard the assault ship, docked at the mouth of Tokyo Bay, welcomed Trump with loud cheers and applause, according to the Associated Press.

Several service members wore round patches emblazoned with a likeness of Trump and the words: “Make Aircrew Great Again” — a play on his campaign slogan.

Vivian Salama, White House reporter for the Wall Street Journal, tweeted a photo of the serviceman and the patches.

The patch has apparently been available for some time. Photos of service men with the patch have been seen since 2017, according to Caroline Orr, a reporter for the National Observer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Frank via Twitter .

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