WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has honored the men and women who sacrificed their lives to serve their country during a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on Remembrance Day. By speaking deeply personal about overcoming losses and the importance of upholding democratic values at home and abroad.
In addressing the sacrifices of military families who lost loved ones, Biden spoke about his personal experience losing his son Beau Biden, an Iraq War veteran who died of brain cancer six years ago yesterday. this
“To those who mourned today’s loved ones, Jill and I have an idea of how you feel,” Biden said after placing a wreath at the Unknown Soldier̵7;s grave. “Our losses are not the same. But the black hole you feel it in your bosom Like it sucks you in, we get it.”
Biden’s first time as Commander-in-Chief has participated in a ceremony held every year since the Civil War. in his speech Biden has called on Americans to show more compassion for one another. and united according to the ideals created by America. that the country is currently facing. including voting rights and racial equality.
“Democracy prospered Democracy’s infrastructure is strong. When people have the right to vote freely, justly and conveniently on free and independent media to pursue the truth. factual not propaganda The rule of law applies equally. and fair to all citizens no matter where they come from What does it look like?” Biden said.
Biden has also warned people around the world and at home of the threat to democracy.
“Our troops have fought in battles around the world. But it’s also a battle in our time. and a mission for each of us, every day,” Biden said. “Democracy itself is threatened here, at home and around the world.”
at one point Biden took a card from his pocket that he said he carried with him each day. The number of soldiers killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan stood at 7,036 on the day of remembrance.
Biden pondered several times during a speech over Memorial Day weekend about Bo’s son’s service. and the impact of his death at age 46. Biden and other family members at their church in Delaware. And after that he went to the grave and left the flowers.
“Yesterday was the anniversary of his death. And it was a difficult time. It was a difficult time for me and my family as it is for many of you,” Biden said. “Remembering can be painful. But pain is our feelings and healing. I always felt very close to Bo on Memorial Day. I always knew where I had to be. Here to honor our deceased heroes.”
Biden’s convoy was moving out of Arlington Cemetery. He made a scheduled stop amongst the headstones to meet the venerable families.