WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump marked African American History Month by pledging Tuesday to make real the vision of “every American patriot” who fought and sacrificed for freedom.

Trump celebrated the annual observance at a White House reception under the theme of “African Americans in Times of War.”

The president saluted black Americans who have served in the military since the Revolution for giving “their hearts, their sweat, their blood and their very lives to defend the United States, its flag and its highest ideals.”

He said they helped defend for all Americans the dream of a colorblind society that inspired such civil rights pioneers as Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr.