Biden and Harris Mark Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

Yolanda Curtis
June 1, 2021

President Joe Biden on Memorial Day honored the fallen service members who sacrificed their lives for the USA during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, speaking of the difficulties of overcoming loss and emphasizing the need for maintaining democratic values. "Despite a lot of pain, you lost a loved one".

After concluding his speech, Biden and the first lady were in the process of leaving Arlington Cemetery in the presidential motorcade but made an unscheduled stop to meet with several families who came to pay their respects to fallen soldiers, according to ABC News.

Biden is the commander-in-chief by celebrating the country's sacrifice in a very personal way, remembering his late son Bo, a veteran who died six years ago, and paying homage to those who died on Sunday.

Ahead of Memorial Day, members of the US armed forces place flags in front of more than 260,000 headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Virginia, May 27, 2021.

"This Memorial Day, remember that not all of us are called to make the ultimate sacrifice".

Ahead of his remarks, Biden participated in a short wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, also known as the Tomb of the Unknowns, with Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

Though a tent was overhead, the cold wind whipped the rain onto the guests as they watched a lone military trumpeter play taps at a memorial to Delaware's fallen troops. They saw a trumpeter playing a tap at a monument to the dead army in Delaware. Biden appeared to pay the chill no mind, remaining for the entirety of the 75-minute ceremony and mouthing the words to the closing rendition of "God Bless America".

Biden had attended the ceremony almost every year for decades, and it was at last year's event when he emerged for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, spotted with a mask while laying a wreath.

He added: "Yesterday marked the anniversary of his [Beau's] death and it's a hard time for me and my family just like it is for so many of you". After the service, the Bidens greeted well-wishers outside the church and, for the first time in more than a year, were able to receive warm hugs and handshakes at their home parish.

Beau Biden, a former DE attorney-general, died of brain cancer in 2015 at age 46.

See more stories on Insider's business page.

"The American creed is the connective tissue that binds us", Biden said.

Biden also emphasized the recent decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan later this year and thanked military personnel for multiple missions in the longest war in the United States.

"Democracy itself is at peril, here at home and around the world", Biden warned in an emphatic and emotional address, speaking to military families at Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater. After four years of nearly inward foreign policy under the hood, he is ready to take the lead again.

"It's time to remind everybody who we are", he said.

Other reports by iNewsToday