Biden honors fallen service members on Memorial Day

Lawrence Kim
May 31, 2021

"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. "What we do now, how we honor the memory of the fallen, will determine whether democracy will long endure".

"Folks, you know, despite all the pain, I know the pride you feel in the loved one and - that you lost and those who are still serving - the pride and the bravery in the service to our great American experiment." he said.

The president was joined Monday by First Lady Jill Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff in a somber ceremony at the Virginia cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is dedicated to deceased service members whose remains have not been identified.

Beau Biden had served a year-long tour in Iraq as a member of the Delaware Army National Guard, and the president has speculated that toxins from military "burn pits" used to dispose waste there may have caused the cancer. "I know how much the loss hurts".

"An idea that we're all created equal in the image of almighty God", Biden said. I said the closing words. Hundreds of graves, hundreds of graves are here from recent conflicts. "Our loyalty to them and to their families is eternal and everlasting". "Six years ago today, Hunter lost his dad, and I lost my son", Biden said, referencing his grandson, Hunter, who was seated next to him.

During that address, the president said he has and plans to discuss American ideals when meeting with USA adversaries.

Biden will mark his first Memorial Day as commander in chief by honoring the nation's sacrifices. "They lived for it". They died for it.

"As a nation, we must always remember, always remember".

He went on, "Our freedom and the freedom of innumerable others has been secured by young men and women who answered the call history and gave everything in service of an idea".

"Empathy is the fuel of democracy", Biden said, calling on Americans to "find the light and the wisdom and, yes, the courage to move forward", as a country.

"Democracy must be defended at all costs for democracy makes all this possible", Biden said. "A soul worth dying for".

"Folks, we all know it, democracy thrives when the infrastructure of democracy is strong", Biden said. When people have the right to vote freely, fairly and conveniently.

"And so, I hope - I hope that the nation comes together", he concluded. "If we do our duty, then ages still to come will look back on us and say that we, too, kept the faith".

On Sunday, Biden addressed a crowd of Gold Star military families and other veterans in a ceremony at War Memorial Plaza in New Castle, Del.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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