Widow of slain Navy SEAL receives sustained, emotional standing ovation
President Donald Trump gave tribute to slain Navy SEAL William ‘Ryan’ Owens and his wife Carryn during last night’s joint address to Congress.
The decorated soldier was killed during a Special Forces raid on the home of an al-Qaeda leader in the Yakla region of Yemen on January 29th.
Mrs. Owens was seated in the gallery as a special guest of the President and First Lady.
“Ryan died as he lived; a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation”, Trump said, prompting the first of three standing ovations.
“Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity”, he said while turning and addressing Mrs. Owens directly. “Thank you”, he added.
A second ovation lasting over 100 seconds erupted as Mrs. Owens clasped her hands, repeatedly looking heavenward as if she were channeling the tribute toward her late husband.
“Ryan is looking down right now”, Trump ad-libbed, “and I think he is very happy, because I think he just broke a record”, referring to the sustained ovation. Mrs. Owens smiled back at the president, seemingly grateful for the recognition given her fallen spouse.
“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. And we will never forget Ryan.”, Trump concluded, as a third ovation from the joint session began.